Knowing nothing about the scenario I was surprised, stunned and unabashedly thrilled with the treatment of this contemporary topic. Director Sebastian Lelio and actor Daniela Vega paint a quintessential portrait of love, grief and overpowering courage.
“Marina” (Daniela Vega) a waitress and part time nightclub singer is devoted to “Orlando” (Francisco Reyes), divorced and many years her senior; after a poignant birthday dinner he becomes desperately ill and dies shortly after Marina rushed him to the hospital. As the investigation into his passing escalates, the film focuses and becomes a metaphor for injustices, lack of compassion suffered by those whose lifestyle does not conform with the norm.
First time actor Daniela Vega’s amazingly raw and compelling depiction touches the sublime; audiences leave mesmerized, understanding the vacuum left by a forever absent partner; ultimately recognizing, respecting, admiring that her pain is universal, shared by all who have suffered an irreparable loss.