A nanny struggles to find help in this insightful, beautifully observed debut feature from Argentine director Eugenio Canevari.

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Director Eugenio Canevari
Producers Felipe Yaryura, Uriel Wisnia, Alexan Sarikamichian, María José García
With Denise Labbate, Estefanía Blaiotta, Nazareno Gerde
Argentina-Spain 2015
65 mins
Production company Mamá Húngara Cine, El Dedo en el Ojo, Prismerísimo Primer Plano

Paula works as a nanny for a middle class family where behaviour is governed by fiercely observed codes around gender and class. When she has a serious problem, Paula tries to find a solution with her habitual quiet efficiency. However, time is of the essence and no one appears willing to help. Eugenio Canevari’s ambitious debut feature exudes a quiet confidence, allowing the camera to observe the dynamics of the family members as the situation plays out around them. Like fellow Argentine Lucrecia Martel, he shows a keen eye for drawing out the details of this small town community at work and at play, eliciting lean, unmannered performances from his ensemble cast. Paula is both a coming of age tale, confidently realised, as well as an insightful portrait of the wider dynamics of Argentine society.

Maria Delgado