Las niñas bien
ALEJANDRA MÁRQUEZ ABELLA
93 minutes, Color
With her perfectly coiffed hair, generously attentive husband, and beautifully appointed home in Mexico City's tony Polanco district, stunning Sofía lives a life that defines early 1980s luxury: one of spur-of-the-moment shopping trips to New York City and country club lunches peppered with effusive compliments and empty praise. Her biggest challenge is maintaining her queen bee status when a gaudy, nouveau riche newcomer enters her social circle. So when Mexican President José López Portillo announces serious economic trouble ahead, there's seemingly little cause for concern—until a major business deal put together by Sofía's husband falls through, her credit card starts being declined, and her loyal servants' paychecks start bouncing. Sofía soon is blindsided by the realization that her life is little more than a house of cards built on shaky credit in this engrossing, razor-sharp sophomore feature from writer-director Alejandra Márquez Abella. —Palm Springs International Film Festival
In Spanish with English subtitles
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