Clara Sola [In-Person Only]
$13 General Admission
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(Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, Costa Rica, 2021, 108 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)
In a remote village in Costa Rica, 40-year-old Clara endures a repressively religious and withdrawn life under the command of her mother. Her uncanny affinity for creatures large and small allows Clara to find solace in the natural world around her. Tension builds within the family as Clara’s younger niece approaches her quinceañera, igniting a sexual and mystical awakening in Clara, and a journey to free herself from the conventions that have dominated her life.
Synopsis and stills courtesy of Oscilloscope Labs.
“A quiet character study that somewhere along the line morphs into a Costa Rican version of “Carrie,” “Clara Sola” mixes religion, mysticism and sexuality in a way that feels simultaneously odd, disquieting and richly rewarding.” – The Wrap
“This is Mesén’s debut feature film, and it’s a powerful and intuitive piece of work. Working with mostly non-professional actors, she has created a fraught space of repression and sorrow where Clara—a woman of very few words—can let us know what life is like for her, what she sees, feels, and wants.” – RogerEbert.com