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Rara

An excellent debut feature: 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. A joy to watch.