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Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena) (2015)

Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena) (2015)

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In this sensitive and complex portrait of an unusual romance, a rich expatriate woman (Geraldine Chaplin) and a local Dominican prostitute (Yanet Mojica) share an intimate lesbian relationship corrupted by class, race and power.

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Co-directed by husband-and-wife filmmaking team Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, Sand Dollars has an assured, light touch.

November 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Guzmán and Cárdenas present this tropical island as both Anne's romantic refuge and Noelí's exploitative landscape, a beautiful, enchanting -- and realistic -- Eden where snakes are merely snakes.

November 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Ms. Chaplin, in one of her most touching screen performances, imbues Anne with a world-weary melancholy that makes your heart sink.

November 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Remarkable sensitivity and exacting verisimilitude are just two of the many selling points for Sand Dollars.

November 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Playing out against a dreamy Caribbean backdrop, Sand Dollars is indeed about dreams, unpicking those of a gracefully aging lady and her young lover with a trembling delicacy and attentiveness.

November 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Shot solemnly, the film feels a little cold and distant. However, among other things, it's worst seeing just to enjoy the view, the culture and the music the Dominican Republic has offer. [Full review in Spanish]

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena)

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Geraldine Chaplin delivers such a powerful and touching performance, not ashamed of showing her age and vulnerability, but the film, though appropriately raw and realistic, lacks in depth and doesn't explore so well its themes and what it wants to say to become memorable.

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