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Yuli has a secret. It’s not a terribly uncommon one for teenage girls, but seeing as she isn’t sure who the father is, the easiest thing to do seems to be to ignore her problem for the time being. Until one day, art teacher Luisa finds her feeling sick in the school bathroom. Yuli confides in Luisa, who in turn resolves to help her navigate teen pregnancy in Costa Rica, where abortion is not an option. Single and in her forties, Luisa’s intentions are genuine, but as she maneuvers herself deeper into Yuli’s life and the lines between confidant and mother figure blur, is she overstepping her bounds? Furthermore, is Yuli somewhat taking advantage of her? Writer/director Paz Fábrega’s warm and intimate portrait of female companionship addresses serious matters with sensitivity, without resorting to melodrama. “A delicate, minutely observed study of two unconventional female characters and the shifting common ground between them. In the emotional textures and the meticulous attention to personal details, the film evokes the work of Kelly Reichardt; as a portrait of the complexities of motherhood, it is unusually satisfying” (Screen). “As quietly honest as it is complexly human” (Variety). 2021 Rotterdam Film Festival. (MK)

Presented with support from the Department of Portuguese and Spanish.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    92 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Costa Rica
  • Director
    Paz Fábrega
  • Screenwriter
    Paz Fábrega
  • Producer
    Patricia Velazquez, Marianella Illas
  • Cast
    Rebeca Woodbridge, Raquel Villalobos
  • Cinematographer
    María Secco
  • Editor
    Soledad Salfate