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Paulina (La patota) (2017)

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Paulina, the daughter of an eminent left-wing judge, suspends her legal education and the prospects of a promising political career to travel to an indigenous community of extreme poverty on Argentina's border with Paraguay and Brazil. She is determined to nurture 'from the inside' a project of civil rights education, but her Guarani-speaking high-school students resist her civics lessons - and she quickly learns that gaining their trust won't be an easy task.These subtly illuminating encounters reverberate in the aftermath of the central event of the film - a harrowing sexual assault by a group of young men. Paulina's unfathomable actions, and the limits of social justice, are examined unflinchingly in this 'social thriller' of will and sacrifice.

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The film is ultimately frustrating for the unending opacity of Paulina's psychology.

June 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Worth seeing, even if its basic plot repeatedly stalls. It is a thoughtful movie, but not necessarily a fulfilling one.

June 23, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

As stinging as a slap in the face, "Paulina" feels as if it's waking you from a stupor, then shaking you, demanding that you ask yourself some impossible questions about idealism and justice.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

A fierce performance from Dolores Fonzi, as a heroine whose actions baffle those around her, helps to hold this conversation-starter together, but viewers' own mileage and perceptions will vary -- which is clearly by design.

September 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Driven by a powerfully internalized performance from Dolores Fonzi as the title character, Paulina eschews straightforward answers in favor of questioning observation.

September 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Paulina, the character of Dolores Fonzi, deserves the attention and not the judgment of the viewer. [Full review in Spanish]

November 30, 2017 | Full Review…

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