Magdalena, the daughter of a Mexican-American family, falls pregnant a few months before her 15th birthday celebration. Her religious father forces her out of home. She moves in with great uncle Tomas and her cousin Carlos. Magdalena, Carlos, and Tomas pull together as a family of outsiders.
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Quel beau film ! Les personnages principaux sont sympathiques et solidaires, d'une nature profondément bonne. Le dénouement, un peu inespéré, comme les deus ex machina des pièces de Molière, fait triompher la vie et la tendresse contre l'égoïsme et les préceptes étroits de la stricte religion traditionnelle.
What a pleasant surprise! It has a bit of a sleepy feel but the story moves right along and draws you in to a childhood that has become very complicated. Two young people are saved by the concentric circles of their family.
The rhythm of the film jarred a bit- dispite the narrative being quite simple, there are too many unnecessary lines, or whole scenes, that end up making the story feel rushed. There are some nice scenes where a lot of effort seems to have gone into the set and a couple of the interactions in group scenes are well observed but in the end the conflict felt too tame to engage me with the characters.