A Film by Santiago Caicedo
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Adapted from the graphic novel memoir by Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Power Paola, Virus Tropical is a thoughtful and deeply affecting coming-of-age story that begins on the night Paola is conceived – in a stylized but anatomically complete sequence that sets the tone for the film’s matter-of-fact exploration of sexuality and family – and ends with her striking out on her own as a young adult. Over the intervening years we accompany Paola, the youngest of three daughters raised by a mostly single mom, as she gropes and fumbles her way through friendships, new schools, clunky romances, and various domestic dramas. Scrappy DIY black and white animation and lo-fi Latin-indie score lend a lovingly idiosyncratic charm to a film that brings forth a unique and utterly refreshing girl’s POV perspective. By the end you have formed a gentle intimacy with this family and are happy to have spent time together.
Comment: Film contains frank depictions of nudity, sex, childbirth, and recreational drug use.Buy Tickets Now
Meet Your Maker
TROPICAL VIRUS Santiago Caicedo (1976) is a Colombian artist and filmmaker. His work, difficult to label, revolves around motion graphics, animation, stereoscopy, video art and film. His short films have […]
TROPICAL VIRUS Powerpaola is a nomadic artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She was born in Quito, Ecuador in1977 and has lived in Colombia, France, Australia and Argentina. She has participated in […]