Mosquita Y Mari (2012)



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In a fast-paced immigrant community where dreams are often lost to economic survival, two young Chicanas contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other. Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A's and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scrambles to make ends meet. -- (C) Official Site
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Fenessa Pineda
as Yolanda
Laura Patalano
as Mrs. Olveros
Joaquin Garrido
as Mr. Olveros
Dulce Maria Solis
as Mrs. Rodriguez
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

In terms of content or plot, this film has little new to offer. Yet it is a small prize.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
The New Republic
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Guerrero's attitude toward the teenagers - understanding and affectionate, without being cloying - is what holds your interest.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
New York Post
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"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.

August 2, 2012
New York Times
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[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.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
New York Daily News
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First-time writer-director Aurora Guerrero beautifully captures the fluctuating dynamics of friendship between 15-year-old girls in Mosquita y Mari.

Full Review… | August 1, 2012
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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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
Time Out
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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.

Walter M.
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