SAINT OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, THE
Based on the novel by award-winning Dutch writer Arnon Grunberg, Swiss director Marc Wilkins' feature debut follows a trio of Peruvian immigrants in New York — Raffaella (Peruvian actress Magaly Solier, LINA FROM LIMA, THE MILK OF SORROW) and her two teenage sons, Tito and Paul (real-life brothers Adriano and Marcelo Durand) — as they navigate undocumented life in the big city. Things are looking hopeful for Raffaella after she meets a Swiss pulp fiction author (Simon Käser) who convinces her to start her own burrito business. But when her twin sons fall for a mysterious Croatian girl named Kristin (Tara Thaller) in their English class, and unwittingly become involved in some shady dealings — and eventually a murder — she must piece together their secret romantic life to find out what happened as deportation looms. A coming-of-age drama wrapped in a thriller, THE SAINT OF THE IMPOSSIBLE is a powerful and refreshingly honest deconstruction of the American Dream, which despite its heavy subject matter refuses to devolve into miserabilism or pity. Official Selection, 2020 São Paulo International Film Festival, 2021 Miami Film Festival. DIR/SCR Marc Wilkins; SCR Lani-Rain Feltham; PROD Joël Louis Jent. Switzerland, 2020, color, 90 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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