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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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... Alejandra
... Roberto
... José (as Gonzálo Vega Sisto)
Tamara Yazbek ... Camila
Paco Rueda ... Javier (as Francisco Rueda)
Paloma Cervantes ... Irene
Juan Carlos Barranco ... Manuel
Diego Canales ... Diego
... Director
... Cook
Carmen Beato ... Leticia
... Maestra
... Joaquín (as Josemaría Torre Hütt)
... Insurance Representant
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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Disturbing film about high school bullying and loneliness
24 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Ghent filmfestival 2012. A chef (Roberto) and his daughter (Alejandra) move to a city where both are new. Their wife resp. mother has recently died in a car accident, and their move seems a recipe to get some distance from what happened and an attempt to deal with their loss. Father and daughter follow their own path to get settled in their new environment.

We see Roberto starting to work in a restaurant, but his depressive mood and sudden impatience hinders him from a fruitful working relationship with co-workers. He quits suddenly, but that solved nothing and he regrets this hasty decision. We see him later on working as a chef again. But the remembrance of his loss continues to haunt him. His depressions and anger are never taken out on his daughter, however.

Alejandra seems to get along well with her new classmates, and integrates remarkably fast. That turns around when a film showing her being drunk and having sex during a party, happens to be published on Internet. That triggers an unbelievable amount of bullying by her classmates, often to such an extent that you eagerly want to look away. But you can't, while the camera is close by and does not let go.

It is difficult to believe that the young players are all amateurs with no previous experience on stage or film-set. They have a significant part in the proceedings, be it the collective bullying of Alejandra, or the collective silence when interrogated by teachers about what is going on. The boys and the girls play equal roles in the bullying. I see them showing a very natural way of behaving, even with the camera very close.

The collective mindset, all against one, is not easy to watch. Teachers nor parent have any idea that worrisome things are going on. You feel alone with Alejandra. With apparently no one to rescue her, it is all very disturbing to witness. Teachers are not aware, because these school kids are too old to need constant supervision, and have a lot of leeway to fill their own time. The parent (Roberto) is not aware that anything bad is happening with Alejandra. As a loving daughter she takes all trouble to shield her father from any bad news, observing his depressive moods. Not until very very late in the story we see involvement of teachers and parent.

A few loose ends remain unexplained, maybe only to show Roberto's depressive mood and nothing else. Best example is that in the beginning of the film we see that he let a garage fully restore his wife's car after a crash, to subsequently abandon it somewhere with the keys inside to continue his journey on foot. Halfway the film we see the same car wrecked again after a disastrous joy riding. Similar inconsistencies I have with Roberto's job at a the restaurant where he works at first, then quits, and later on resumed working without much explanation. All things considered, these are minor details.

The camera closes in on the story. The situation gets from bad to ugly, and without anyone on the rescue. I consider this a very strong feature of this film, letting us watch what happens from very close. You get involved, willingly or not. I scored a 5 (out of 5) for the audience award when leaving the theater. In hindsight, though not as bad as Alejandra, I feel a bit lonely too when seeing that this film ended on the 38th place for the audience award, in my opinion undeservedly surpassed by several films with much less qualities.


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