Clara Sola

Directed by Nathalie Alvarez Mesen

Clara, an introverted 40-year-old, lives in a remote region of Costa Rica with her elderly mother and teenage niece. Although inhibited by a spinal condition and with learning difficulties, she is widely believed by the locals to have miraculous healing powers and a special connection to God. This faith sustains not only her family but also the entire village, all of whom are in need of hope. Clara retreats further into her own world and her love of nature, having a special affinity with strange insects and the family’s white horse, Yuca. After years of being controlled by her mother’s repressive care, her sexual desires are suddenly stirred by her attraction to her niece’s handsome boyfriend. This newly awakened force opens up an undiscovered world for Clara, allowing her to cross boundaries, both physical and mystical and, empowered by her self-discovery, she gradually finds her own inner strength to break free and finally start to heal herself.

Event/ The 18:00 screening on Fri 18 Nov will have no ads or trailers and will be followed by a Q&A with director Nathalie Alvarez Mesen.

First shown at HOME as part of ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival.

A miraculous drama of burgeoning sexuality and divine grace

The Guardian

106 minutes


Full English

Country of origin:
Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany and Sweden

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