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Coming-of-age drama in which a Puerto Rican teen girl is living at her strict grandmother’s house, waiting until she can move to America to be with her mom. That gets cancelled. As she suffers and struggles with puberty, her natural father suddenly appears after years in prison.
Puerto Rican teenager Carmín dreams of living with her mom in America, but when her hopes are suddenly dashed, she ends up emotionally torn. Immediately afterwards she is confronted for the first time with her biological father. He’s spent years in jail and then moves in with Carmín and her strict grandmother. Initially, Carmín doesn’t like the charming newcomer, but father and daughter slowly become close. In the meantime, the hormonal maelstrom of puberty does its work: Carmín becomes a woman and that causes great confusion, mostly for herself.
In this empathetic coming-of-age drama, a sensitive girl (wonderfully played by Miranda Purcell) grapples with many different, complex growing pains. When savage disappointment, separation anxiety and developing sexuality come together, it leads to a dangerous mix: an ambiguous, deeply hurt teen, looking for love. Yellow Robin Award winner, Curaçao IFFR 2016.