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Carmen and Lola

Carmen y Lola

Two teenage girls from a close-knit Roma community fall in love in this fresh and affecting coming-of-age romance from Spanish director Arantxa Echevarría.

Dir-Scr Arantxa Echevarría
Prod Pilar Sánchez Díaz, Arantxa Echevarría
With Zaira Romero, Rosy Rodríguez, Moreno Borja
Spain
2018
105min
Sales Latido Films
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When tomboy Lola (Zaira Romero) meets glamorous Carmen (Rosy Rodríguez), sparks fly. There’s one problem: Carmen is engaged to Lola’s cousin Rafa. Meanwhile, Lola’s stern father has plans to marry off his daughter at the earliest opportunity. Nevertheless, the young women grow increasingly close while working at the local market, where Lola’s family sell fruit and vegetables and Carmen’s have an antiques stall. When marriage is viewed as the single most important thing a woman can aspire to, the relationship these two women envisage may not quite fit the values of a patriarchal society. With its lean, resonant script and impressive performances by Romero and Rodríguez, this gritty exploration of the emotional terrain of first love is a heartfelt directorial debut by Arantxa Echevarría.

Maria Delgado

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