Elisa K (2010)
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Filmmakers Judith Colell and Jordi Cadena examine the devastating impact of child sexual abuse in the short term as well as the long term in this powerful drama. Eleven-year-old Elisa (Claudia Pons) lives with her father (Hans Richter) in Spain following the breakup of her parents. Elisa goes to a fair with her father, and meets one of his friends (Jordi Gracia), a successful jeweler. Days later, a change comes over Elisa -- her mother (Lydia Zimmermann) notices she seems distant and withdrawn, and her teacher (Pep Sais) watches as she grows disinterested in her studies and her grades drop dramatically. Fourteen years later, Elisa (now played by Aina Clotet) is a grown woman who suddenly and unexpectedly recalls the traumatic event changed her life when she was a girl -- the jeweler forced himself on her sexually, and then promised her a bracelet in exchange for her silence. The revelation forces Elisa to relive the pain of the event and come to terms with the damage done to her psyche. Elisa K. was an official selection at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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