After Lucia
Después de Lucía
AMC Kabuki CinemasMon, Apr 29, 2013 8:45 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:New Directors
Premiere Status:Mexico
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:103
Original Language:Spanish
dir:Michel Franco
prod:Marco Polo Constandse
Michel Franco
Alexis Fridman
Elias Menassé
Fernando Rovzar
scr:Michel Franco
cam:Chuy Chávez
editor:Antonio Bribiesca Ayala
Michel Franco
cast:Tessa la
Hernán Mendoza
Gonzálo Vega Sisto
Tamara Yazbek Bernal
source:BAC Films
88 rue de la Folie Mericourt
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After the death of his wife in a car accident, Roberto moves from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City with his teenage daughter Alejandra in an effort to make a fresh start. But their grief is something they cannot leave behind. Adapting to a new job as a chef in a local restaurant proves difficult for Roberto, while Alejandra is quick to make friends with some of the rich cool kids at her new school. Father and daughter are inherently close but outwardly distant, each maintaining a level of stoicism and a lack of communication that ultimately threatens to unhinge them. While Roberto struggles to contain his anger and depression, Ale’s situation at school takes a tragic turn, as she becomes the victim of brutal bullying by her former friends and classmates. Unwilling to upset her already fragile father, she keeps it to herself, enduring the ever-escalating, traumatizing harassment in solitude and silence. Director Michel Franco’s distinctive point-of-view camerawork and skilled direction, paired with the artfully restrained performances of his two lead actors, combine to create a tense portrayal of the collateral damage wrought within the school’s culture of violence. For those who think bullying—and its often-unintended consequences—is a uniquely American problem, After Lucia is a powerful eye-opener from across the border.
-Joanne Parsont

Co-presenter: Galería de la Raza


Additional Information

Michel Franco

Born in Mexico City in 1979, Michel Franco began his filmmaking career with a succession of short films, beginning in 2001 with Cuando sea grande then Entre dos in 2003, while also producing commercials and videos through his production company, Pop Films. In 2009, his first feature, Daniel and Ana, screened at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. His second feature, After Lucia was awarded the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2012.