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Criticism of ‘La maternal’, when the particular becomes universal

Pilar Palomero transmits truth in a film in which her very young cast headed by Carla Quílez, Àngela Cervantes and Jordan Dumes shine.

    The best thing that can be said about a film is that it conveys the truth, just what ‘La maternal’ does. But not the naked truth of a television news or a documentary to use, but that another reality sieved by the look of a creator who turns the particular into universal, and that we call art. In case there were any doubts, the miracle is evident in that moving sequence in which the girl-mothers narrate their cases. The deep pain of lives broken by an early pregnancy and heartbreak. Carla Quílez’s face reflects her thoughts, her anger, her joy, her surprise and her bewilderment at her situation. We see her mature without ceasing to be a girl.

    The brilliant work of that handful of young non-professionals should not dazzle us. The one who works the miracle is not them, but Pilar Palomero. Her first film, ‘The Girls’, generated a general enthusiasm that I did not share. After ‘La maternal’ I can only say that she has done one of the best films, if not the best, in this year of a splendid harvest for our cinema.

    To recreate yourself with that prodigy that is life seen through the eyes of an artist

    The best: that authentic prodigy called Carla Quílez.

    The worst: as usual, the excess duration.


    Address: Pilar Palomero Distribution: Carla Quílez, Àngela Cervantes, Jordan Dumes, Pepe Lorente, Olga Hueso Country: Spain Year: 2022 Release date: 18–11-2022 Gender: Drama Script: Pilar Palomero Duration: 122 min.

    Synopsis: Carla is 14 years old and is a defiant and rebellious young woman. She lives in an old roadside diner on the outskirts of a town with her young single mother while she skips class and spends the hours with her friend Efrain of hers. When the social worker realizes that she is five months pregnant, Carla enters ‘La Maternal’, a center for underage mothers where she shares her daily life with other young women like her.

    Source: Fotogramas

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