“A quiet, heartfelt, and beautifully nuanced drama that feels unique and universal, featuring what will surely go down as one of the best performances of 2023.” – Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com
“Monica” is an intimate portrait of a woman who returns home to the Midwest after a long absence to confront the wounds of her past. Reconnecting with her mother and the rest of her family for the first time since leaving as a teenager, Monica (Trace Lysette) embarks on a path of healing and acceptance.
Exploring universal themes of abandonment, aging, rejection, hope and forgiveness, we are led into Monica’s world through an introspective and riveting journey of our shared human condition.
Directed by Andrea Pallaoro (“Hannah”), “Monica” was nominated for both the Golden Lion and Queer Lion at the 2022 Venice International Film Festival, and went on to win the Arca CinemaGiovani Award.