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Most Beautiful Island (2017)

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Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman's struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

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Ana Asensio

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Ana Asensio
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ana Asensio ... Luciana
Natasha Romanova ... Olga
David Little David Little ... Doctor Horowitz
Nicholas Tucci ... Niko
Larry Fessenden ... Rudy
Caprice Benedetti ... Vanessa
Anna Myrha ... Nadia
Ami Sheth ... Benedita
Miriam A. Hyman ... Bikie
Sara Visser ... Katarin
Natalia Zvereva ... Ewa
Jennifer Sorika Wolf Jennifer Sorika Wolf ... Mai (as Sorika Horng)
Fenella A. Chudoba Fenella A. Chudoba ... Alina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brett Azar ... Johnny
Andres De Vengoechea Andres De Vengoechea ... Jeremy, Party Guest
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Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman's struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

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USA

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day to Night See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Glass Eye Pix,Palomo Films See more »
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1.66 : 1
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Vanessa: Our lives hang by a delicate thread and sometimes we can pull on that thread. It is so exciting, isn't it?
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A Powerful Provocative Film about the Dark Side of the American Dream
16 March 2017 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Most Beautiful Island was extremely well-received at Austin's SXSW Film Festival where it won Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature. This eloquent film explores the experiences of Luciana, a recent undocumented immigrant, who has recently arrived from her home land and is just trying to get by in New York. The film focuses on a single day as she takes various odd jobs and then gets invited to work at a mysterious party where she will be extremely well-paid for a single night's work. The suspense builds towards a truly shocking and deeply disturbing climax. This film shows the truly dark side of the American Dream and the truly disturbing nature of class privilege in a society with huge gaps in class and, therefore, power and privilege.

The story is described as inspired by true events so there may be some exaggeration in the actual climax, but it is still quite powerful and leaves the audience awestruck. Ana Asensio directed, wrote and stars in this fascinating and absorbing film. It is beautiful written, filmed and acted. The tension builds towards the disturbing climax. The American Dream is not always what it seems to be and needs to be re-imagined for our current economic and political realities. I hope the film gets distributed so more people can learn to empathize with the immigrant experience which has sadly become a political punching bag in recent years.


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