Sand Dollars
aka Dólares de Arena
First screened in October 2014
Directors: Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cérdenas. Cast: Yanet Mojica, Geraldine Chaplin, Ricardo Ariel Toribio, Ramon Cordero, Hoyt Rogers, Maria Gabriella Bonetti, Yanmarco King, Bernard Bizel. Screenplay: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán, and Alejandro Andujar (based on the novel by Jean-Noel Pancrazi).

Twitter Capsule: Not every story point scans; film might delve deeper into its characters. But manages to be vital and nuanced.

VOR:   Finds angles on sex tourism that, without fully surprising, avoid duplicating what Seidl, Cantet, and others have shown us. Evocative local portraiture, just this side of exoticizing.

Photo © 2014 Aurora Dominicana/Canana Films/Rei Cine/Foprocine-Instituto
Mexicano de Cinematografia/Consejo Nacional Para la Cultura y Las Artes

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Chicago International Film Festival: Best Actress (Chaplin)

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