Senoritas by Lina Rodriguez tells a good but not great coming of age story of latin women. It showcases very vibrant colors and cinematography that portrays how colorful and mysterious life can sometimes become while going through adolescence. However, the film sometimes struggles with an abnormal shot composition and pacing issues that sometimes break the fantasy that this film tries to invite its audience into.
The movie as a whole was a marvelous visual of Alejandra and her journey through adolescence. Not only can many teens relate in some way, but there is also direct attention to who she is as a woman, and where she stands in society.
The stark simplicity of the cinematic language, the rarity of dramatic events, and a skilled recreation of atmospheres, all these elements allows us to ponder on a couple of issues.
First, the emptiness of señorita's life. Second, a woman's struggle for independence is a walk on an avenue at night.
Think in similar terms if you are going to watch this movie: What kind of reasoning is behind what is shown?
In a similar conceptual/formal geography as It Felt Like Love, and Nuit #1. Powerful stuff but needs critical thinking and a shift of mind that most won’t be capable of, but it is fine with that, and becomes an opening, a clearing, for thoughts and images to start to move toward. All 3 are important filmmaking, especially thinking historically. Thank you, MUBI! Courage! The reviews show we need more of this not less.
Although it conveys the vitality of flirtation and the mundane rites of passage to womanhood, Rodriguez's film divorces its claims to naturalistic authenticity from the cinematographic approach to it. There are only a handful of genuine cinematic moments and the director's insistence in the hand-held camera shots of evening walks opts for acoustic pseudo-semantics, exhausting the viewer's patience. Wasted potential.
87 min on how a middle-class girl do the following: masturbates before breakfast, masters the art of tacky flirting, has drunk (& not so much sober) sex, walks home alone at night ignoring cat calls, has heart-to-heart talks about hypothetic pregnancies & abortions, switches anger feelings towards her mother into guilt & pretends she's totally cool when her crush treats her like a disposable napkin. Real life sucks.
Can we all live in Lina Rodriguez's long takes? Her delicate, tender way of approaching the coming-of-age genre is so refreshingly absorbing. Each conversation, unconscious gesture or casual confrontation is quietly captured, bringing not the story but our getting-to-know of each character crucially forward. SEÑORITAS exists as episodic storytelling and yet feels so uniformally cohesive: just like one, long take.