A life-affirming call to self-empowerment and independence, this bright and breezy mix of comedy and pathos from writer/director Icíar Bollaín (Yuli) is anchored by Candela Peña’s (Truman, Kiki Love to Love) memorable turn as a woman who finally decides to take charge of her life after always putting others first.
About to turn 45, seamstress Rosa (Peña) works in the wardrobe department of a film production company in Valencia. Besides the pressure of her job, she’s also besieged from all sides by the demands of family members: her widowed dad, who insists he’s moving in with her; her divorced brother who has financial problems; her possibly-alcoholic sister; and her grown-up daughter who’s living with a musician in Manchester and raising twin infants.
Taken completely for granted and tired of living for others, Rosa retreats to her childhood home in the scenic coastal town of Benicàssim and – much to the consternation of her family – announces her engagement to someone that those around her can’t quite accept or believe!
“A feel-good film par excellence, made with irreproachable political conviction from stalwart Spanish director Iciar Bollaín.” ~Jonathan Romney, Screen International