Directed by Juan Pablo González • 2022 • Mexico
Starring Teresa Sánchez, Rafaela Fuentes, Tatín Vera
This richly evocative blend of fictional character study and documentary-like observation offers an intimate perspective on the ravages of globalization through an arresting portrait of one woman’s personal and professional battles. Teresa Sánchez (winner of a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival) delivers an astonishing performance as María García, the owner of Dos Estaciones, a formerly majestic tequila factory now struggling to stay afloat. The factory is the final holdover from generations of Mexican-owned tequila plants in the highlands of Jalisco, the rest having folded to foreign corporations. Once one of the wealthiest people in town, María knows her current financial situation is untenable. When a persistent plague and an unexpected flood cause irreversible damage, she is forced to do everything she can to save her community’s primary economy and source of pride.