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April's Daughter (2017)

Las hijas de Abril (original title)
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A pregnant 17-year-old decides to keep her condition to herself, enjoying a calm life in Puerto Vallarta. But, why on earth hadn't the inexperienced mother-to-be sought for assistance earlier? Can a mere child raise a kid on her own?

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Michel Franco
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emma Suárez ... Abril
Ana Valeria Becerril Ana Valeria Becerril ... Valeria
Enrique Arrizon ... Mateo
Joanna Larequi Joanna Larequi ... Clara
Hernán Mendoza ... Gregorio
Tony Dalton ... Álvaro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Cortes Ivan Cortes ... Jorge
Mario Escalante Mario Escalante ... Taxi Driver
María E. Sandoval María E. Sandoval ... Directora del DIF
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Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother, April, to find out about her pregnancy, but due to the economic strain and the overwhelming responsibility of having a baby in the house, Clara decides to call their mother. April arrives, willing to her daughters, but we soon understand why Valeria had wanted her to stay away. Written by midoehab-66537

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She would do anything for her daughter. See more »

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

23 June 2017 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

April lánya See more »

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Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Lucia Films, Trebol Stone See more »
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1.85 : 1
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The role played by Emma Suárez was initially written for Isabelle Huppert. See more »

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On the Bossy Side of Parenting
4 April 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Some parents are on the bossy side. Valeria, 17 and pregnant, dreads this about her mother, April. She does not want judgments about the baby or her carefree Puerto Vallarta beach lifestyle. Yet motherhood soon overwhelms Valeria, who cries as much as her newborn, and she and her feckless boyfriend quickly change their minds about having April around. Things come full circle again when Valeria realizes the shocking conditions that come with April's care and attention. "We demand too much of women," said the writer/director. "They are judged more severely than men when they make a mistake." The film explores this double standard imposed upon women as well as some of the things that make their lives more complicated and intriguing. The bold moves, zest and determination essential to April's character are played wonderfully by Emma Suarez. A nail-biting tension is maintained throughout the film. Characters are properly balanced, just as there is no good or evil in the world, just people and life. In other words, nothing is black and white. The film relies on ambient sound, such as soothing ocean waves. "Music demands a role of its own," maintains the director, and he did not want it to distract from the points he makes in the film. Selected for the Cannes and Toronto festivals. Seen at the Miami Film Festival.


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