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Monica

Andrea Pallaoro | 2022 | 106 MINS
Italy/USA
The intimate portrait of a woman who returns home to care for her dying mother – directed by Andrea Pallaoro who helmed 2017’s ‘Hannah’ with Charlotte Rampling.

★★★★ The Guardian

In Detail

This is an intimate portrait of a woman who, for the first time in 20 years, returns home to the Midwest to take care of her ailing mother (Patricia Clarkson). It has been a long time since Monica has seen her mother - not since she was kicked out of the house as a teenager because of her mother’s unwillingness to accept her sexuality. But something compels her to make the journey home.

Through the themes of abandonment, aging, rejection, acceptance and forgiveness, we get to know Monica (Trace Lysette) and her world made of pain, fear but also courage. This is a quiet, heartfelt and beautifully nuanced drama that feels unique and universal, featuring what will surely go down as one of the best performances of 2023 by Lysette.

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