After the death of his wife in a car accident, Roberto moves from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City with his teenage daughter Alejandra in an effort to make a fresh start. But their grief is something they cannot leave behind. Adapting to a new job as a chef in a local restaurant proves difficult for Roberto, while Alejandra is quick to make friends with some of the rich cool kids at her new school. Father and daughter are inherently close but outwardly distant, each maintaining a level of stoicism and a lack of communication that ultimately threatens to unhinge them. While Roberto struggles to contain his anger and depression, Ale’s situation at school takes a tragic turn, as she becomes the victim of brutal bullying by her former friends and classmates. Unwilling to upset her already fragile father, she keeps it to herself, enduring the ever-escalating, traumatizing harassment in solitude and silence. Director Michel Franco’s distinctive point-of-view camerawork and skilled direction, paired with the artfully restrained performances of his two lead actors, combine to create a tense portrayal of the collateral damage wrought within the school’s culture of violence. For those who think bullying—and its often-unintended consequences—is a uniquely American problem, After Lucia is a powerful eye-opener from across the border.
Co-presenter: Galería de la Raza