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Lingua Franca (2019)

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Olivia (Isabel Sandoval), an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga (Lynn Cohen), an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of ... See full summary »

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Isabel Sandoval

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Isabel Sandoval
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Credited cast:
Eamon Farren ... Alex
Lynn Cohen ... Olga
Mark Nelson ... Roman
Matthew James Ballinger ... Man in Bar
Lev Gorn ... Murray
Megan Channell ... Milla
Christine Spang ... Latina Woman
Isabel Sandoval Isabel Sandoval ... Olivia
Shiloh Verrico ... Maggie
Ari Barkan ... Emil
Ivory Aquino ... Trixie
P.J. Boudousqué ... Andrei
Andrea Leigh Andrea Leigh ... Daria
Roman Blat ... Viktor
Brett Bartholomew ... Bartender
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Olivia (Isabel Sandoval), an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga (Lynn Cohen), an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with Alex (Eamon Farren), Olga's adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card. Written by Isabel Sandoval

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A fresh, courageous and promising surprise
26 August 2020 | by roger-99-171599See all my reviews

Writer-Director Isabel Sandoval's personal and intimate drama follows the on-the-edge life of a Transgender Filipina caregiver who becomes involved with the ex-con grandson of the elderly lady she works for.

Erotic, provocative and courageous, she gives a superb performance as the protagonist, an undocumented immigrant struggling to get a Green Card through an arranged/paid marriage, after living in the US illegally for several years.

She inclusively and delicately builds up compassion, tension and suspense around her characters, first observing the emotions and obstacles surging for each of them: the fading memory of grandmother, the effects of on-probation anxiety experienced by Alex and his affecting return and attempts to make it right, the accomplishment of her friend's much-awaited wedding. Despite her hopelessness, Olivia plays a major figure of strength and reliability within, inspiring them to reach for their goals and step forward, while she herself is still dreaming of Mr. Right and mostly running against time, civil laws and bureaucracy to gain rights and freedom.

Nominated for the Queer Lion Award at last year's Venice Film Festival, Sandoval scored a relatable, timely and moving drama.

(Array Releasing. 8/26. Select Theaters and On Netflix.)


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USA | Philippines

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English | Tagalog

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26 August 2020 (USA) See more »

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