ON SCREEN · FILM
An evocative depiction of childhood in Spain.
Awarded Best First Feature at Berlin, this autobiographical jewel is one of the most evocative and affecting depictions of childhood seen in years.
Following the death of her parents, six-year-old Frida moves from Barcelona to rural Catalonia to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida. Time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment and the adults that want to love her.
D: Carla Simon, Spain, subtitled, 2017,
“One of the most striking elements of the film is the way it avoids sentimentality while reproducing the inchoate, conflicting emotions of a child unable to know how to process her trauma.” —Variety