After Lucia (2012) [Review]

After Lucia (2012)

Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.

I haven’t been left like this from a film in a while. Set around the continuous bullying and abuse of Alejandra for a silly mistake, it’s uncomfortable and disturbing viewing. There’s no soundtrack, sometimes hardly any dialogue, it’s just static camera work and intense, emotional performances. I’ve watched quite a few films on bullying, I think the psychological impact of it is intriguing and the more that’s done to increase awareness of the harm it does essential.

This is one of those films that hits the nail on the head, I’d show parts of it in classes at school if I was a teacher, it’s horrible to watch. The ending is incredible too – simple, but just brilliant. Highly recommended.

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