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Lingua Franca

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drama about undocumented woman has language, nudity.

Movie NR 2019 89 minutes
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Isabel Sandoval is a sensitive and deft director who creates the realistic mood of hopelessness in which Olivia dwells. Olivia has many challenges to overcome, and Lingua Franca's minimal script and moody lighting help us become sympathetic cheerleaders, hoping she gets everything she wants. Sandoval's understated performance helps, too. When the self absorbed, alcoholic Alex enters the picture, it feels as if Olivia's difficult world could go from gloomy to nightmarish if she's not careful, and that suspense is exploited capably. However, little is explained here. The movie never clarifies whether Alex is well-meaning or malicious. That makes it tough for us to invest in any particular outcome.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 7, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: August 26, 2020
  • Cast: Isabel Sandoval , Lynn Cohen , Eamon Farren
  • Director: Isabel Sandoval
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Transgender directors, Asian directors, Female actors, Transgender actors, Asian actors
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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