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Clara Sola

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Sweden, Costa Rica, Belgium · 2021
1h 46m
Director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
Starring Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, Daniel Castañeda Rincón, Flor María Vargas Chaves
Genre Drama

Clara is a woman whos connection to nature has led to her role as a mystic in her deeply religious and rural Costa Rican village. Her life is controlled by her mother, but her control weakens upon the arrival of a new farm worker that catches Clara's eye.

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Variety by Jessica Kiang

Mesen’s delicate yet earthy, thoughtful yet sensual movie never tips its hand as to whether Clara’s abilities are real or imaginary — indeed it makes the line between fact and fantasy seem as nonsensical as it might to a horse — and it pays off in one of those obscurely uplifting endings.


Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

What gives the film a force that balances out the delicacy is a commanding, charismatic lead by Wendy Chinchilla Araya, best known as a dancer, whose highly physical presence in turn evokes Clara’s sensitivity, isolation, vulnerability, fury and – despite the pressure to keep it hidden – powerful sexuality.


The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

Set in a rural village and cast with nonactors, led by a feral performance from dancer Wendy Chinchilla Araya, the drama occupies its own territory, tinged with magical realism and deeply immersed in the sensory world. It’s also a vivid reminder that even a matriarchy can be paternalistic.


TheWrap by Steve Pond

Clara Sola mixes religion, mysticism and sexuality in a way that feels simultaneously odd, disquieting and richly rewarding. It starts out beautifully restrained and ends up somewhere else entirely, but it’s all the more interesting for its split personality.

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