TIFF 2019: Our Review of ‘Lina From Lima’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Film Festivals, Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2019 by - September 16, 2019
TIFF 2019: Our Review of ‘Lina From Lima’

Stories about migrant workers are common these days; for better or worse. In María Paz González‘s Lina From Lima, we see a different perspective on this theme. She introduces us to Lina (Magaly Solier), a Peruvian woman working for a higher class family in Santiago, Chile. Lina is a strong woman who is on the verge of reinventing herself in a new world.

Lina is in her mid 30s. She left Peru to get a better paying job in Chile. For the past 10 years, she has been working hard to send money back to her family, which includes her mother and teenage son.

Now Lina finds herself alone in a big city; realizing that her family does not need her as much. Her husband left her and started a new family as well. Isolated, sad and in need of a change, Lina must find a way to live her life. Through the use of musical scenes filled with iconography and lyrics, we understand Lina better. The music is a mix of Peruvian sounds with lyrics that speak to Lina’s state of mind.

The result is a smart look at migrant life without many of the stereotypes we’re used to seeing on-screen. Lina works hard and is isolated from family and friends, yes… Yet she is also strong and independent with a thirst for life. Lina From Lima hits all the right tones (pun intended) with its beautiful colours and musical breaks; only made better by Solier’s strong screen presence.

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