After Lucia

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After Lucia (Después de Lucía)

Directed by Michel Franco

  • Mexico 2012; 103 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • Coral Award for Best Director - Havana FF
    • Jury Prize - Dublin IFF
    • Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes IFF
    • Special Mention in the Horizontes Section - San Sebastian Film Festival

  • Mexican Submission for the Academy Awards


Six months after the death of his wife in a car accident, Roberto and his teenage daughter Alejandra set off from Vallarta for a fresh start in Mexico City. Alejandra finds her feet more easily than Roberto but very soon, she has aroused the baser instincts in her classmates. Ashamed and unable to tell her father about the escalating bullying at school, Alejandra’s silence ultimately takes a dreadful toll.

Director's Statement

Before making the film, I might have hesitated to say I was working on ‘a study of violence’ for fear of sounding too ambitious. But now that it’s finished, I believe that’s what it is: a study of violence in all its forms. It’s there, not only in the bullying. There’s violence on the street, there’s violence in the father’s workplace. Even the way that the father and daughter communicate - or fail to communicate - turns out to be a sort of violence. It was important to me to keep most of the really brutal elements off screen, not to sensationalise them because that only serves to distance us from what we’re seeing. What matters is the characters’ emotional responses to violence and the effect it has on their relationships. In Mexico, we are going into some sort of civil war now so it’s not surprising that I ended up writing something like this – it happened in a very natural way because I live in a very violent country. But I guess this is pretty much happening everywhere. You can see something like this happening in Norway…it happens in the States… everywhere.










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