In a remote village in Costa Rica, 40-year-old Clara (Costa Rican dancer Wendy Chinchilla Araya, in her debut role) is believed to have a special connection to God. As a "healer" who has been visited by the Virgin Mary, she sustains a family and a village in need of hope, while she finds solace in her relationship with the natural world and her beloved horse, Yuca. But after years of being controlled by her mother without any agency of her own, Clara's sexual desires are stirred by an unexpected attraction to her young niece's (Ana Julia Porras Espinoza) kind-hearted new boyfriend (Daniel Castañeda Rincón). Clara begins to rebel — at first in subtle ways and then in ways that defy the expectations of her sleepy community and lead to explosive results. Costa Rican-Swedish director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén's feature debut is a powerful — at times uncomfortable — meditation on female empowerment and the fine line between the physical and the mystical. Official Selection, 2021 Cannes Film Festival. DIR/SCR Nathalie Álvarez Mesén; SCR Maria Camila Arias; PROD Anne-Laure Guégan, Alan McConnell, Marcelo Quesada Mena, Géraldine Sprimont, Karina Avellán Troz, Nima Yousefi. Costa Rica/Sweden/Belgium, 2021, color, 106 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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