At once a delightful renovation of the musical comedy and a timely examination of the realities of migrant labour, the inventive debut feature tackles weighty themes with a light touch and a saucy sense of humour. It’s been 10 years since Lina left Peru to work in Chile as a housekeeper to a wealthy family. Now Lina is preparing to return to Lima for a belated visit. As the resourceful heroine navigates a scenario full of pitfalls and disappointments, we have glimpses into the daily life of this hard-working single woman. Most remarkable are the moments when Lina’s humble surroundings transform into soundstages upon which she bursts into songs that fuse Peruvian folk music with music-video tropes and, in one of the film’s most dazzling sequences, a miniature version of a Busby Berkeley extravaganza. (adapted from Toronto International Film Festival by Diana Sanchez)

Directed by María Paz González
Produced by Giancarlo Nasi, Maite Alberdi
Written by María Paz González
Starring Magaly Solier, Emilia Ossandón,
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Country: Chile, Argentina, Peru
83 minutes
Subtitled