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Journey to a Mother’s Room

Viaje al cuarto de una madre

The sense of loss experienced by a mother and daughter is thoughtfully conveyed in this intimate, tender drama from first-time director Celia Rico Clavellino.

Dir-Scr Celia Rico Clavellino
Prod Josep Amorós, Ibon Cormenzana
With Lola Dueñas, Anna Castillo, Pedro Casablanc
Spain-France
2018
90min
Prod Co Amorós Producciones, Arcadia Motion Pictures
Subtitles

Leonor (Anna Castillo) is keen to leave home. She’s just broken up with her partner and isn’t happy in the job her mother Estrella (Zama’s Lola Dueñas) has secured for her in a tailor’s workshop. She wants to escape the small-town mentality of southern Spain and experience the big-city life in London. But leaving her mother when they are both still reeling from the recent death of a loving husband and caring father is not easy. Whatever decision Leonor makes will have important consequences. Grounded by the two outstanding performances of Castillo and Dueñas, this highly accomplished feature delicately handles the challenges of generational difference in a close emotional relationship, where so much remains unspoken and nothing can be taken for granted.

Maria Delgado

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