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El Planeta (15)

Chronic Youth 2022

In black and white, a mother and daughter get their hair washed at a hair salon

Amalia Ulman directs and stars in her debut feature: a tragicomedy about a mother-daughter duo facing eviction that riffs on class divide, the pitfalls of adulthood and the joys of the artificial.

In the aftermath of her father's death, fashion student Leo (Ulman), returns to her hometown of Gíjon, badly affected by the financial crash, where her mother is threatened with eviction. Joined by her real-life mother (Ale Ulman), the stylish duo attempt to keep up appearances around town, despite their impending tribulation. Based off personal experiences as Argentinian immigrants in Northern Spain, the film follows the pair as they don fur coats, sample make up at the mall and plot to make ends meet. Embracing the daft and absurd, Ulman marries dark themes of contemporary poverty with the frivolity of life's daily amusements.

A singular and alluring gem from a contemporary voice, in El Planeta, Ulman proves that there is always more than what first meets the eye.

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Spain 2021 Dir. Amalia Ulman 82 min

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