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Behind the facade of a beautiful urban home, a combination of complacency and bad investments has left power couple Ben and Gail disconnected, resentful and just about broke. When the cash-strapped yuppies fire their teen-aged daughter's lesbian Mexican nanny, Margarita, they set off a chain of events that lead to her deportation. Written by Anonymous

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In Mexico we don't fire family!
14 October 2012 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Margarita (2012) is a Canadian film co-written and co-directed by Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert.

Margarita is a talented,intelligent, industrious woman who works for an upscale family in Toronto. She has worked and lived in their home for eight years. In fact, as they frequently tell her, she's just like family.

Ben is a dentist and Gail is a physician, so you would assume that their financial situation is at least adequate. However, overspending and poor investments have left them in serious financial trouble. In fact, the movie opens with repo men towing away their car because the couple hasn't kept up with the payments.

Finally, after looking at all their options, the couple decides they have to fire Margarita. The plot of the movie revolves around the consequences of that decision.

The basic situation is complex enough. However, there's even more to it than meets the eye. Margarita is an undocumented immigrant. Gail had planned to work in Africa for Doctors without Borders, but the closest she came to this was to name her daughter Mali. Ben complains that he has spent his career whitening teeth, rather than dealing with serious dental problems. Mali, the teenage daughter, is bonded to Margarita, and can't believe they'll be separated. Margarita is a lesbian, which is a further complication as she struggles to remain in Canada. (The good news is that same-sex marriage is legal in Ontario.) Nothing is quite what it seems, and nothing is easy.

The film displays the real talents of Patrick McKenna as Ben, Claire Lautier as Gail, Mayra Ritter as Mali, and, especially, Nicola Correia Damude as Margarita.

The movie was shown in Rochester's Dryden Theatre as part of the marvelous Image Out--the Rochester LGBT Film & Video Festival.


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