María y el Araña – María and Spider

Seen as part of the ¡Viva! Film Festival. I was bracing myself for yet another coming-of-age tale having read the description of this film, the only one in the ¡Viva! Weekender by a female director. But I was pleased to discover that my fears were unfounded. Yes, the film's two main protagonists are a couple … Continue reading María y el Araña – María and Spider

Feriado – Holiday

Seen as part of the ¡Viva! Film Festival. Apparently set in 1999, just before the economic collapse in Ecuador, although this wasn't evident to me. The really interesting thing would have been to explore the race/class/money themes which are touched upon, but instead the film becomes a cliché coming-of-age story (oh how I hate that phrase) … Continue reading Feriado – Holiday