2018 / 95 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Isaac Cherem
Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley
Actress Naian Gonzalez gives an intimate, honest portrayal of Ariela, an independently-minded artist living with her family in a cloistered Syrian-Jewish neighborhood in Mexico City. While her family pressures her to find an appropriate suitor, Leona begins a passionate relationship with Ivan, a non-Jewish writer who shows her an exciting world of possibilities beyond her sheltered life. As their feelings deepen, Ariela must confront the inevitable rejection by her beloved family and community, where religious values and traditions run deep.
In his directorial debut, Cherem deftly blends romantic comedy with an incisive feminist journey of discovery and self-determinism.