OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

Viaje al cuarto de una madre

(Journey To A Mother's Room)

PART OF THE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2019, PRESENTED BY THE EMBASSY OF SPAIN

To oversimplify, Celia Rico Clavellino’s achingly authentic debut feature is an affecting tale about a daughter who craves change, and a mother who fears it.

Poster for the mother/daughter drama Viaje al cuarto de una madreWe think we’re about to watch the age-old story of a young girl’s thirst for independence, taking her tentative first steps outside of her small Andalusian town – but the script gets flipped. When Leonor (Castillo) leaves for England, we’re left behind with her bereft mother Estrella (Dueñas), only glimpsing Leonor’s new life via occasional WhatsApp messages. As the parent left behind, the eminently talented Lola Dueñas delivers a quiet and unshowy performance that slowly but surely commands our attention.

This quiet rumination on growing up, grief, and loosening your grip on those you love is a promising first feature, carried by two beautiful central performances. By the time the credits roll, you’ll probably want to give your mum a call.

– Katy Moon, One Room With A View


Spanish flag, wavingPart of the 2019 Spanish Film Festival, playing four Wednesdays in October.

For details of all four films in the series, download this pdf.

 

 

 

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