Enigmatic, and edged in a dreamlike, sensual surreality, the second feature from directing duo Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra (Tigre) is a superbly acted masterclass in delivering scathing social observation in a powerfully poetic way.
Daughter of bourgeois privilege Sara and her Black nanny Yarisa have a loving mother-child-style relationship that seems to exist beyond the various class and ethnicity barriers that separate them. But when Sara's family returns to the Dominican Republic, where Yarisa had left her real daughter, Mallory, several years before, fissures in their relationship appear. Mallory's arrival then sets off a chain of events that will culminate in a tragedy that widens those fissures to a seismic crack – or perhaps that simply reveals the chasm that had been there all along.
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