Almost a Woman (2006)

Almost a Woman





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A girl poised on the brink of adolescence finds herself shouldering a whole new set of responsibilities in this made-for-TV drama based on the autobiographical book by Esmeralda Santiago. In 1961, Mami Santiago (Wanda De Jesus) decides to leave her life in a Puerto Rican farming community behind and move herself and her six children to New York City in search of a better life -- and better medical care for her ailing son. Mami's oldest daughter, Esmerelda (Ana Maria Lagasca) -- Negi for short -- … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Esmeralda Santiago
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006



as Don Carlos

as Alicia Santiago

as Hector Santiago

as Field Social Worker

as Mrs. Moore

as Librarian

as Norma Santiago

as Dr. Fishbeck's Nurse

as Gang Girl

as Older Raymond

as Jacob

as Office Social Worker

as Salsa Band

as Raymond Santiago

as Miss Narayan

as Esmeralda "Negi" San...

as Francisco Cortez

as Mami Santiago

as Nestor

as Mr. Burnett

as Mrs. Parsons

as Miss Brown

as Mr. Fuller

as Edna Santiago

as Gang Girl

as Gang Girl

as Dr. Fishbeck
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Critic Reviews for Almost a Woman

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A historically vivid but dramatically stunted coming-of-age drama.

September 5, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Almost a Woman

A tender, sweet coming of age story, based on the memoir of Esmerelda Santiago, about a young girl transplanted from Puerto Rico to New York in the early sixties. Newcomer Ana Maria Lagasca shines as the young woman trying to honor her hard working mother and her PR culture while attending the NY High School for the Performing Arts and its high demands. Her family may be poor, but they are proud. They may struggle to learn English and American ways, but they are hard working and upwardly mobile. The family may be quite large, even enormous by our standards, but that only means there is more love to go around. This was inspiring and heart-warming and just plain entertaining. Produced for PBS, the production values are top-notch. It refrains from showing us the grittier side of working in sweat shops and applying for public assistance, but there are hints of that darker side, if one looks. This viewer enjoyed it for what it was, one woman's recollection of what it was like to feel suspended between two incompatible cultures and finding her way.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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