Directed by Carla Simón • 2017 • Spain
Starring Laia Artigas, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer
Six-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna (Paula Robles) welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. Bathed in light-filled summery hues and anchored by remarkable performances from its two young stars, Carla Simón’s touching, autobiographical coming-of-age drama balances youthful exuberance with mature rumination to create a moving snapshot of childhood in an adult world.