Mexico, USA, 2021, 111 min
Based on a novel by co-director Laura Santullo, the latest feature by award-winning Mexican filmmaker Rodrigo Plá tells the story of a single mother, blue-collar worker Elena, and her nine-year-old son Tom. Living by themselves in the US, they rely on a thin public safety net to make ends meet, and their tight but fraught bond is pushed to the limit when the kid is hastily diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed psychiatric medication.

When Elena notices adverse reactions in Tom’s mood, she stops giving him the meds. Soon Tom’s erratic behaviour escalates and they’re faced with the painful possibility of him having to go into foster care. Elena’s difficulty in dealing with figures of authority — or recognizing the scarce signs of empathy they find along the way — compound Tom’s challenging attitude. But in the face of very few options, their trust in each other helps them find a way to reconnect and take on the uncertain road ahead.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2021
Director: Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo
Cast: Julia Chávez, Israel Rodríguez Bertorelli

Sezione Orizzonti - Biennale Venezia 78

TIFF 2021

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