dir. Pepa San Martín
Chile, 2016, 88 minutes
Spanish, with English sub-titles
21st Latin American Film Festival
River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
Since their parents split up, 12 year-old Sara and her younger sister Cata live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is very similar to that of other families; theirs is a happy, ordinary middle-class home. But the lesbian parental makeup is unusual in coastal Vina del Mar, and some well-meaning outsiders start to assume the girls are suffering by having to live in such a way.
When Sara exaggerates in complaining about her life to her father, her dad (who has remarried) begins worrying she and Cata are living in an “unhealthy environment.” Accusations snowball and soon there’s a full-blown custody battle on the horizon, something that Sara never wanted or anticipated. Based on a true story, this is a finely observed family drama from Pepa San Martin, and is also her first feature film.