JOURNEY TO A MOTHER’S ROOM
VIAJE AL CUARTO DE UNA MADRE
2018, Outsider Pictures, 90 min, Spain, Dir: Celia Rico Clavellino

Mother Estrella (Lola Dueñas) has carefully controlled the world that she and daughter Leonor (Anna Castillo) inhabit. When Leonor resolves to make a new beginning in London, however, Estrella faces a life of solitude—a life in which she will have to find purpose apart from her child. Lovingly crafted and executed with a restrained understanding of mother-daughter relations by screenwriter-director Celia Rico Clavellino, VIAJE AL CUARTO DE UNA MADRE tells a tale of motherhood and of life’s continuation once the task of parenting has seemingly ended.


ALLELUIA
2014, Music Box Films, 95 min, Belgium, Dir: Fabrice Du Welz

Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, the notorious “lonely hearts killers” of the late 1940s, inspired this torrid thriller. A single mother (Lola Dueñas) connects with a petty crook (Laurent Lucas) on a dating site, and their growing passion eventually spirals into bloodshed. “Two rock-solid performances, gritty cinematography and an impressive mise-en-scene make for a great movie.” - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter. In French with English subtitles.


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