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Criticism of ‘I have electric dreams’, incipient eroticism

‘I have electric dreams’, by Valentina Maurel, presents a family universe brimming with tension, but traversed by a palpable sensuality.

    From her forceful prologue and in the manner of other Latin American filmmakers such as Dominga Sotomayor or María Alché, the Costa Rican Valentina Maurel immerses us, through the sexual awakening of an adolescent in the midst of her parents’ turbulent divorce, in a family universe brimming with tension but shot through with a palpable sensuality. ‘I have electric dreams’ joins other recent films in which the transition to maturity involves reconsideration of the image of the father. Here, Eva will detect an unexpected violence in that beloved parent.

    Maurel maintains the point of view in the look of this young woman who is introduced into a world of adults, the group of bohemian friends of her father, who tend to confuse freedom with irresponsibility. The director manages to generate an atmosphere that combines budding eroticism with undeniable discomforta scene of welcome complexity in which the ease of Daniela Marín Navarro shines at all times, whose magnetism electrifies the screen.

    To discover a jewel of Latin American cinema

    The best: Amien Gutiérrez and Marín Navarro, awarded at the Locarno Festival.

    The worst: that somewhat blurred mother.


    Address: Valentina Maurel Distribution: Daniela Marin Navarro, Reinaldo Amien, Vivian Rodriguez, Jose Pablo Segreda Johanning Country: Costa Rica Year: 2022 Release date: 3–2-2023 Gender: Drama Script: Valentina Maurel Duration: 101 minutes

    Synopsis: Against Eva’s wishes, her mother wants to renovate the house and get rid of the cat, which, disoriented since the divorce, urinates everywhere. Eva wants to go live with her father, who, disoriented like a cat, is experiencing a second adolescence.

    Source: Fotogramas

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