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Mosquita y Mari (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 January 2012 (USA)
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After being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times.

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Aurora Guerrero

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Aurora Guerrero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fenessa Pineda ... Yolanda
Venecia Troncoso ... Mari
Joaquín Garrido ... Mr. Olveros
Laura Patalano ... Mrs. Olveros
Dulce Maria Solis Dulce Maria Solis ... Mrs. Rodriguez
Marisela Uscanga Marisela Uscanga ... Vicky
Melissa Uscanga Melissa Uscanga ... Vero
Omar Leyva ... Mr. Galvez
Armando Cosio Armando Cosio ... Don Pedro
Tonita Castro ... Dona Herlinda
Paul Lincoln Alayo ... Pablo (as Paul Alayo)
Virginia Montero ... Photoshop Owner
Samy Zaragoza Samy Zaragoza ... Olivia
Johnny Rios Johnny Rios ... Marlon
Annie McKnight ... Security Guard
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After being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times.

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Country:

USA

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

22 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yolanda és Mari See more »

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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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El Dia Previo
Written and performed by Algodón Egipcio
Courtesy of Lefse Records
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A slow, sweet, meditative film on a romance that never quite blossomed
25 June 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

Aurora Guerro's debut is a one of those rare indie gems where the chemistry and beauty override the low budget.

The film is about Yolanda, a nerdy good girl with immigrant parents who burden her with the weight of their expectations that the sacrifices they make will pay off for their daughter. Into her life trips the titular Mari. Mari is Yolanda's neighbour who is also the same age as her. Instead of two protective parents she has a single mom desperate to make ends meet. Yolanda is seen as a burn out by those around her. But Yolanda (dubbed Mosquita by Mari because of the way she hovers around watching Mari) sees something different. The two quickly strike up an innocent friendship with Mari becoming more academically inclined while Yolanda cuts loose a little. Under it all though begins to flirt the feeling that this could turn into a little something more...

It is a beautiful touching film and writer/director Guerrero gets so much right. It's especially rare to see a story about Chicana girls that doesn't devolve into stereotype and lets them be quiet, contemplative and dreamy. The only thing slightly holding Guerrero back is the lack of budget which does make the film feel a little cheap and student-filmish in places. Still a great movie and I eagerly anticipate whatever she does next.


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