Most Beautiful Island (2017)


Critic Consensus: Most Beautiful Island plunges audiences into a little-seen sector of society, with writer-director Ana Asensio's fearless performance leading the way.


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MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND is a psychological thriller examining the plight of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York. Shot on Super 16 with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, the film chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana, a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana's day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome, unforeseeable extremes. Before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game. Lives are placed at risk, while psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

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Ana Asensio
as Luciana
David Little
as Dr. Horowitz
Craig Wexler
as Man In Waiting Room
Constance Small
as Raydelle, TV Segment
Esmeralda Cordero
as Lady in TV Segment
Bill Neal
as Cell Phone Operator
Ashley VanEgeren
as Coffee Shop Model
Terese Pagh
as Coffee Shop Model
Rebekah Brown
as Boutique Cashier
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

Anchored by Asensio's fearless and gripping performance, Most Beautiful Island directs an unflinching point of view toward an often invisible population.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Spanish actor Ana Asensio multitasks as star, writer-director and producer of this arresting feature, a gritty, ominous thriller that's winning awards on the festival and independent film circuit.

Dec 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's amazing what difference it makes when a female director is depicting disturbing scenes of women being tormented or victimised.

Nov 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The second half is chilling and well directed, culminating in a high-wire act of a finale.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Most Beautiful Island may take a while to get going, but once it does, you'll be eager to see what Asensio does next.

Nov 3, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A modest but effective writing-directing debut for Ms. Asensio, who also stars.

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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