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In terms of content or plot, this film has little new to offer. Yet it is a small prize.
Guerrero's attitude toward the teenagers - understanding and affectionate, without being cloying - is what holds your interest.
"Mosquita y Mari," an unassuming indie jewel, resists all of the clichés that its story of the fraught friendship between two 15-year-old girls invites.
[It] doesn't aim to make any grand statements. It doesn't need to. The sweetness and sincerity Guerrero and her leads infuse into their intimate coming-of-age story is more than enough.
First-time writer-director Aurora Guerrero beautifully captures the fluctuating dynamics of friendship between 15-year-old girls in Mosquita y Mari.
The film thankfully resists being either a typical coming-out movie or an ethnocultural curio, but it doesn't offer much insight into the twosome's attraction, platonic or otherwise, to each other.
While the relationship between Yolanda and Mari takes a long time to build, the path is beautiful.
Unreels with outstanding compassion and tenderness, and authentic detail...
It knows the conventions surrounding the type of tale it is telling, and it steers clear of them...
Most of what transpires between the two girls feels as internal as something you only keep to yourself.
To think that in just one generation we've gone from Chico and the Man to Chica and the Girl!
Despite occasional lapses into showy expressionistic slo-mo, Guerrero's direction demonstrates a patience and attention to emotional detail that allows the two young leads' performances to develop naturally.
In "Mosquita y Mari," Yolanda(Fenessa Pineda), a daughter of immigrants, is a straight A student in high school. That does not mean she always plays by the rules, however, as she covers for her new neighbor and fellow student, Mari(Venecia Troncoso), when she shoplifts at a local bodega. Mari returns the favor when Yolanda is almost caught smoking in the girls' room. After which, Yolanda agrees to help her new friend in math class.
"Mosquita y Mari" covers certain themes well like female friendships and the American dream for the children of immigrants in bilingual households. The downside is that Yolanda is sometimes under too much pressure to succeed, proving how hard it is to be perfect all the time. At the same time, the plot and story are so insubstantial that the movie threatens to float away at the first breeze.
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