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Lingua Franca brings warmth and humanity to its social issue-driven plot with sensitive performances and writer-director Isabel Sandoval's gently empathetic touch. Read critic reviews

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An undocumented trans Filipino caregiver pursues a marriage to obtain a green card.

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  • This story has never been told before, communicated in this way or created by such an astute and perceptive writer/director/actor like Isabel Sandoval.

    December 18, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The expression here is one of shared humanity regardless of background, gender identity, race or creed. The common language being used here is cinema.

    September 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Sandoval is a confident storyteller with a fondness for the quirks and surprises of character -- any character who comes into view.

    August 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This film is haunting, and this film is upsetting, but it's hopeful in a way too. It's hopeful because it says here is this woman and despite the cruelty of the world, she's going to step forward into the next day with her entire self.

    August 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Sandoval's inspired editing draws the film's relevant themes together with unexpected precision.

    August 27, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Isabel Sandoval has a light tough with some weighty subject matter.

    August 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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