PERFUME DE GARDENIAS
Under the name of her alter ego Macha Colón, Afro-Puerto Rican singer, multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Gisela Rosario Ramos makes an assured and delightful feature debut with PERFUME DE GARDENIAS, a refreshingly humorous and candid exploration of grief and death through the story of one woman coming to terms with loss by embracing a new calling in life and finding joy in asserting the creativity and self-determination of a group of like-minded seniors. Isabel (Puerto Rican theater and TV star Luz María Rondón, in her first film role) is a newly widowed woman living in a middle-class neighborhood in Puerto Rico. After she crafts a beautiful custom-made funeral for her recently deceased spouse, her talents catch the eye of Toña (Sharon Riley), the self-appointed leader of a coterie of local women who pride themselves in organizing stellar community events, including local funerals. Toña soon enlists Isabel and her unusual talents to design extravagant, custom-designed funerals for their ailing neighbors, giving Isabel a new creative outlet and purposeful work, while at the same time offering her peers a chance to dictate how their lives should be honored. Along the way, however, Isabel is forced to question her own beliefs, as well as her relationship with both life and death. Official Selection, 2021 Tribeca Festival. DIR Macha Colón; SCR/PROD Gisela Rosario Ramos; PROD Arleen Cruz-Alicea, Consuelo Castillo, Adriana Ángel. Puerto Rico/Colombia, 2021, color, 97 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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