Recommended for GCSE and equivalent level Spanish
This study morning will look at themes including pre-adolescence, friendship, family life, marital separation, sexual diversity and freedom, justice, prejudice and references to the historical background in contemporary Chile.
Carmen Herrero will introduce the film in English providing contextual information and key Spanish vocab. The screening will be followed by language exercises based around the film plus a discussion relating to; the characters of the film; the narrative; intercultural differences; film genre conventions and style.
Led by Carmen Herrero, Head of Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University
Screening: Rara (12A)
Dir Pepa San Martín / Argentina, Chile / 2016
88mins / Spanish with English Subtitles
Julia Lübbert / Emilia Ossandon / Mariana Loyola / Agustina Muñoz
A coming-of-age story within a non-traditional family, where two sisters live happily with their mother and her female partner. Despite her loving and stable home life, as Sara approaches 13 she is suffering from typical teenage angst – her first crush, the vagaries of playground politics, and a burgeoning desire for independence. Add to this an insidious homophobia from school staff and some other parents, and their domestic harmony starts to come under threat. With its great cinematography, acting and script, there’s a wonderfully natural feel to the film, especially in the love-hate relationship between the young sisters.
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