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Después de Lucía (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 3 October 2012 (France)
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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Michel Franco

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Michel Franco (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tessa Ia ... Alejandra
Hernán Mendoza ... Roberto
Gonzalo Vega Jr. ... José (as Gonzálo Vega Sisto)
Tamara Yazbek Tamara Yazbek ... Camila
Paco Rueda Paco Rueda ... Javier (as Francisco Rueda)
Paloma Cervantes Paloma Cervantes ... Irene
Juan Carlos Barranco Juan Carlos Barranco ... Manuel
Diego Canales Diego Canales ... Diego
Marco Treviño ... Director
Humberto Busto ... Cook
Carmen Beato Carmen Beato ... Leticia
Mónica Del Carmen ... Maestra
José María Torre ... Joaquín (as Josemaría Torre Hütt)
Nailea Norvind ... Insurance Representant
María E. Sandoval María E. Sandoval ... José's Mother
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With the loss of a beloved mother and wife still fresh and raw in their memory, the dejected Roberto and his teenage daughter, Alejandra, flee the coastal Puerto Vallarta to start anew in bustling Mexico City. But, there--even though Roberto has already a job as a chef lined up for him, and Alejandra seems to have no trouble fitting in at her new school--unforeseen problems lead both to a tense situation which will, inevitably, spiral out of control. In the end, life is full of fresh beginnings; however, on the other hand, making a life change can be very intimidating, especially when you have lost everything. Written by Nick Riganas

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Spanish

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3 October 2012 (France) See more »

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After Lucia See more »

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The powerful Mexican cinema
12 April 2013 | by Porky_PigsSee all my reviews

It's hard to watch Después de Lucía and don't get hit by a mix of feelings caused by it, like anguish, guilt, hatred and pity. And these are just a few that I felt when watching the movie. At least for me, the movie was pretty effective, mainly because I have witnessed situations just like the one shown in the movie.

The story follows the teenager Alejandra and her father Roberto moving to a new city after the death of the title character. In this new town, he starts working as a chef while Alejandra starts going to school. After something happens in a weekend party, she starts being bullied by the students.

Everything that her character goes through makes us feel really bad and powerless, seeing all that and without the capacity to help. And that's part of the superb direction of Michel Franco, which really carries the movie. Notice that almost all scenes have a static camera, and all the action perfectly fits within the frame. This gives us powerful scenes, like the one in the trip to Veracruz, where we can see students making out, others smoking marijuana, others drinking and two guys talking about something that one of them just made in the bathroom. Even with all this happening on the screen, we can't stop thinking about what happened outside of it, and it's hard to tell what just happened in that bathroom.

The camera is always far from the actors, trying to avoid us to make a connection with them. However, there is one scene with a close-up in Alejandra face, maybe to make us feel close to her. There is also only one scene (that I remember) where the camera moves, and that happens when Alejandra enters the classroom, and we see a 180 degree turn, maybe in an attempt of Franco to tell the public that the moment when the girl enters that room, her life is going to take a similar turn.

The director also made a good choice picking Tessa Ia e Hernán Mendoza for the main roles. When they're together, it's visible the indifference that reigns in their relationship. Roberto always tries to hide his suffering from Alejandra but when he is alone he cries and can't stand to drive the car in which his wife died. And even trying to show some love for Alejandra, he fails in some situations, like the one when he forgets her birthday, a fact that is not missed by her so called friends.

If it wasn't for the ending, which will irritate the politically correct, I wouldn't hesitate in show Después de Lucía to some students, trying to make them to see the dimension that bullying can reach. And let's make clear that I'm not a defender of Alejandra, mainly because the act that starts all of the bullying is caused by her recklessness. But, even knowing that she has some guilty in everything that happened, the reaction it caused was extremely unproportional.


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