Friday, May 25, 2018
Movingly understated and beautifully acted.
An extraordinary and beautiful work of grief and memory.
Carla Simón succeeds in creating a rich, vivid world from her own turbulent pre-adolescence.
Stands out for its subtle, touching, but never sentimentalist approach to this exceedingly sensitive theme.
In the summer of 1993, following the disappearance of her parents, six-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) moves from Barcelona to the Catalan countryside with her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna (Paula Robles). Although her new family embraces her, Frida struggles to adjust in an environment that seems mysterious and estranging. Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, Simón’s autobiographical drama is a captivating, emotionally frank reflection on family relationships and childhood loneliness, anchored by moving performances by its two young stars. An Oscilloscope Laboratories Release.