Following a car accident, Roberto is left grieving the death of his wife and raising his emotionally distant yet self-sacrificing daughter Alejandra alone. The broken family uproots their lives and moves from a city by the sea to Mexico City in hopes of starting anew.

»After Lucia« focuses on Alejandra as she simultaneously attempts to deal with both her mother’s death and a drunken mistake that renders her the target of mental and physical abuse from her classmates. Through its telling of Alejandra’s story, the film highlights the true effects of isolation and degradation that teenage bullying yields.

Much as in his previous feature, director Michel Franco weaves a delicate tapestry of conflict and compliance, stylistically channeling dogma-esque realism through the static mise-en-scène and absence of music. Full of moments of both introspective reflection and interpersonal qualms, »After Lucia« continuously searches for the point at which resistance should end and retaliation should begin.

LEWIS PAYNE

After Lucia poster
Title
After Lucia
Director
Michel Franco
Country
Mexico, France
Length
93 min
Festival
2012
Section
Competition
Language
Spanish
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Original title
Después de Lucía
Cast
Tessa Ia, Gonzalo Vega Jr. and Tamara Yazbek
Producer
Marco Polo Constandse

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