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The Awakening of the Ants (2019)

El despertar de las hormigas (original title)
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Isa has more than enough on her plate with two children and the household, which she manages on her own. When her husband persists with his wish for a third child, she realizes that something must change.


Antonella Sudasassi (as Antonella Sudassasi Furnis), Antonella Sudasassi


Antonella Sudasassi (as Antonella Sudassasi Furnis), Antonella Sudasassi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniela Valenciano ... Isabel
Leynar Gomez ... Alcides
Isabella Moscoso Isabella Moscoso ... Valery
Adriana Alvarez ... Vanessa
Carolina Fernandez Carolina Fernandez ... Mireya
Katia Arce Katia Arce ... Carmen
Arlene Rodriguez Arlene Rodriguez ... Damaris
Johanna Rodriguez Vargas Johanna Rodriguez Vargas ... Joanna
Kyrsia Rodriguez Kyrsia Rodriguez ... Kyrsia
Greivin Chavarpia Greivin Chavarpia ... Greivin (as Greivin Chavarria)
Carlos Soto Mora Carlos Soto Mora ... Carlos
Azly Picado Azly Picado ... Azly
Didier Chavarria Didier Chavarria ... Didier
Carlos Cordero Arroyo Carlos Cordero Arroyo ... Carlos
Cristel Lucia Perez Cristel Lucia Perez ... Cristel


Isabel is a 28-year-old seamstress. She is a good mother, wife and daughter-in-law and she teaches that to her daughters. Her family insists she should have another child, a boy, and this pressure awakens her to a progressive, silent, and unavoidable rebellion.

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A lovely film about family life.
26 March 2020 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Not a lot happens in this film from Costa Rica about famly life and yet the detail is superb. Although scripted, acted and designed it could be a documentary about a young wife and mother's dissatisfaction with her life. Isa, (a lovely, naturalistic performance from Daniela Valenciano), has an attentive, loving if demanding husband and two young girls. She works as a seamstress and they get by reasonably well but her husband wants another child and she's afraid that if she gets pregnant again it will rob her of whatever little freedom she has left.

"The Awakening of the Ants" is a feminist take on domesticity beautifully directed by Antonella Sudasassi with as much affection as pique. She condemns no-one; there are no villains in the picture, just ordinary people dealing with what life throws at them on a daily basis and I am sure there are millions of us who could identify with Isa and her husband. It's a small film that deals with 'small' issues but it's also very appealing with characters you actually care about; something you can't say about too many films these days.

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16 January 2020 (Brazil) See more »

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San Mateo, Alajuela, Costa Rica See more »


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