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After Lucia (2012)

Después de Lucía (original title)
Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gonzalo Vega Jr. ...
José (as Gonzálo Vega Sisto)
Tamara Yazbek ...
Francisco Rueda ...
Paloma Cervantes ...
Juan Carlos Barranco ...
Diego Canales ...
Carmen Beato ...
José María Torre ...
Joaquín (as Josemaría Torre Hütt)
Insurance Representant
María E. Sandoval ...
José's Mother


Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.

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"Concentrated, minimalistic and strikingly cinematographic..."
24 October 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Mexican screenwriter and director Michel Franco's second feature film which he wrote and co-produced, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Mexico and is a Mexican production which was produced by producers Elias Menassé, Fernando Rovzar, Alexis Fridman and Marco Polo Constandse. It tells the story about a 17-year-old girl named Alejandra Royas who moves with her father named Roberto, whom has just gotten himself a new car, from Puerto Vallarta to Polanco in Mexico City where he is starting a new job at a restaurant and she is beginning at a new school. Whilst Roberto starts working at the restaurant, Alejandra befriends her classmates named Camila, Irene, Javier, Manuel and José and is warmly welcomed into their group, and one evening Alejandra attends a party and attracts the attention of José.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main character's point of view, draws a dense and unsentimental portrayal of a Mexican student and daughter's relationship with her father and her new classmates. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, distinct cinematography by Mexican cinematographer Chuy Chávez, production design by production designer Carlos Fernandez, costume design by costume designer Evelyn Robles and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about interpersonal communication, bullying and a shared though silenced agony between two family members where a swimmer is initiated into a new circle of friends and a chef is struggling to carry out his work, depicts two internal and isolating studies of character.

This obscurely atmospheric, sociological, authentic and heartrending psychological drama which is set in the capital city of Mexico in the 21st century and where a girl whom is becoming accustomed to her new life at a new place takes a liking to a boy and becomes a singled out target of vicious human behaviour, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, refined editing by Michel Franco and film editor Antonio Bribiesca, acute depiction of its central themes, reverent style of filmmaking and the eloquently understated acting performances by Mexican actress Tessa Ia González Norvind in her debut feature film role and Mexican actor Hernán Mendoza. A concentrated, minimalistic and strikingly cinematographic character piece which gained, among other awards, the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

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