‘Carmen and Lola’: Film Review | Cannes 2018

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Rosy Rodríguez and Zaira Romero star because the eponymous teenage women from the Roma neighborhood, who discover themselves falling in love on this function debut from Spanish director Arantxa Echevarria.

Two teenage women raised in Spain’s deeply conventional gypsy neighborhood fall in love and face powerful decisions in Carmen and Lola, a nice however predictable queer awakening drama and function debut for writer-director Arantxa Echevarria, who’s made numerous shorts. Buoyed by sympathetic performances by the solid and a reputable evocation of life in Madrid’s scruffy satellite tv for pc cities, it is a watchable sufficient work to make sure additional bookings on the competition circuit. That mentioned, some viewers from the LGBT neighborhood might discover this slightly too vanilla and hetero-friendly with its model-thin, short-shorts carrying protagonists.

Each the titular heroines dwell with their households in a poor neighbourhood, a ways from Madrid. Carmen’s household promote antiques on the native open-air market; Lola’s sells fruit and greens, though when the story begins the 2 women have by no means met earlier than. When their eyes meet sooner or later over a bolt of plastic tarpaulin, the marginally extra tomboyish Lola (Zaira Romero), who already secretly identifies as a lesbian, is immediately smitten with the ultra-feminine Carmen (Rosy Rodriguez).

Nevertheless, Carmen is already engaged to marry a boy who seems to be Lola’s cousin, not such a stunning coincidence given how close-knit the Roma neighborhood is. (By the way, though some individuals today object to the phrase “gypsy,” contemplating it pejorative, all through the movie characters confer with themselves as “gitanas” or “gitanos,” the Spanish phrase for gypsy.)

On the lavish engagement social gathering Carmen’s household throw for her, the place the woman of the hour reveals off the household’s wealth in a pearl-encrusted, stomach button-revealing costume, the 2 younger ladies dance suggestively collectively, additional feeding their mutual attraction though not one of the onlookers even blinks. As with the legend of Queen Victoria, who refused to signal laws in opposition to lesbians as a result of she merely refused to consider such a factor even existed, nobody suspects something on this bodily demonstrative tradition when Carmen and Lola take to holding palms and having fun with sleepovers at one another’s homes. Even so, when a neighbor spots them making out in a quiet nook (probably the most sexually express scene in a typically modest movie; this ain’t no Blue Is the Warmest Coloration), it is solely a matter of time till phrase will get again to their dad and mom. When it does, all hell breaks free.

Echevarria elicits nice, naturalistic performances from the principally non-professional solid, and the 2 leads are likable presences who positively have chemistry collectively. Drawing on the skills throughout the native Roma neighborhood, the movie options lashings of terrific performances that includes flamenco-Roma type music, particularly within the scenes set within the native Catholic church the place the flock reward Jesus with acoustic guitars and harmonic vocals. One senses that care will need to have been taken to vary from the standard campsite clichés that make up depictions of gypsies in cinema, however that has resulted in a piece that is finally each insipid and arguably too sympathetic for some viewers to the homophobic attitudes of the household.

Venue: Cannes Film Pageant (Administrators’ Fortnight)
Manufacturing: A TVTEC Servicios Audiovisuales presentation with the assist of Orange Espana, Comunidad De Madrid, ICAA
Solid:
Zaira Romero, Rosy Rodríguez, Moreno Borja, Rafaela Leon, Carolina Yuste
Director/screenwriter: Arantxa Echevarria
Producers: Eduardo Santana
Government producers: Pilar Sanchez Diaz, Arantxa Echevarría
Director of pictures: Pilar Sanchez Diaz
Manufacturing designer: Soledad Sesena
Costume designer: Cuarto Ropero, Teresa Mora
Editor: Renato Sanjuan
Music: Nina Aranda
Gross sales: Latido
103 minutes

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