To the outside, Gail and Ben have it all â two successful careers, a beautiful house, lots of vacations and an amazing nanny for their teenage daughter, Mali (FINNâS GIRL star, Maya Ritter). However behind the facade, bad investments have the family disconnected, resentful and just about broke. At the centre of this drama is Maliâs young lesbian Mexican nanny, Margarita. Unknown to her employers Margarita has been working for the family illegally for the past six years but despite all this she is passionate, resourceful and devoted to them. She is the nanny, the housekeeper, the cook, the maid and even the repair woman. Margarita is well aware of their financial issues and has been stretching resources in creative ways. But life is not all work for Margarita, the shy law student Jane is clearly in love with her but is hesitant to bring their relationship out from the closet. When Gail and Ben decide that the best way for them to save money is by firing Margarita they set off a chain of events that lead to her deportation. Heart broken, Mali withdraws from her parents, forcing them to take an honest look at themselves. The well-meaning couple, now desperate to keep Margarita in the country, come up with a scheme to keep her around. But on the eve of her departure, Jane arrives with one proposition that could change everything. The closing film of the 2013 BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and from the directors of FINN'S GIRL, comes this warm, funny and loving family drama, looking at issues around race, class and immigration. The closing film of the 2013 BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and from the directors of FINN'S GIRL, comes this warm, funny and loving family drama, looking at issues around race, class and immigration.
Margarita is a Nanny to a high flying couple with a fourteen year old daughter. She has been with them a number of years and seems to do everything for them as well as being the daughter's best friend, teacher and confidante. She is also a lesbian and has a girlfriend who seems to want to keep her at arms length outside of their physical relationship. Well the couple Ben and Gail have had a run of bad luck in the cash flow department. A string of bad investments and bad career choices has left them financially embarrassed.
Well they have to make cutbacks and so they have to think the unthinkable and `let Margarita go'. Margarita, meanwhile, has spotted the slide in their fortunes and has been doing economy measures for some time, as well as fixing computers, mending the gutter, clearing the drive and servicing the hot tub - she is also drop dead gorgeous. Well once they have told her that she has to go the consequences for everyone become very apparent, very quick - and that's when they find out she is also an illegal immigrant.
This is just a wonderful film, Nicola Correia Damude ('Havana 57') as Margarita is sensational but a special word has to be said for Patrick McKenna as Ben who is marvellous, funny, and an all round entertainer who you can't help feeling sorry for him even when he is trying to fire Margarita. Everyone is great in this and the direction is excellent from Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert they worked together before on `Finn's Girl' so they knew they could deliver and deliver they have in absolute spades. One of the best films I have seen for ages and I can not recommend highly enough - a comedy with social comment and a bucket of human emotion and it's Canadian - what is not to like?
I wish I'd bought the Spanish version of this film if there is one as I can't speak Spanish so wouldn't have had to endure the bad script and could maybe bypass the naff acting. The only shining light is Margarita herself the lovely Nicola Correia Damude who, like Kate Winslet in Holy Smoke, out-acts the rest of the cast and makes the film just about worth watching to the end. The guy who plays her not-boyfriend is the next best actor. The worstcharacters/actors I found to be a toss up between Margarita's girlfriend, who only seems to have two expressions, ridiculously smiley or trying very hard to look intense;neither of which come across as very believable or endearing and the man of the house who I found to be rather annoying all the way through. The role of the daughter was ok but her lines were pretty predictable too and she looked almost older than the nanny at times which was a little odd. I realise the storyline was meant to portray a feckless couple who needed Margarita to stay as she could do everything they can't or don't and thankfully the lead role was well cast as part of what she can do and they cannot is act and play a likeable and believable role with some lines worth hearing. As disappointing to sit through as buying a `cream' cake which turns out to be synthetic cream and not one to watch again imho but will look out for more films featuring Nicola Correia Damude and her co-star Marco Grazzini.
A very enjoyable film, good acting for a change unlike many LGBT films. Storyline was realistic and portrayed well by 'Margarita', not overly sexed up which would have ruined the seriousness of the story.
It is a sweet film, and i was rooting for her to get her happy end. She did so i am happy. My problem was that my enjoyment was spoiled by the dvd sticking in the last minute of the film, aaarrggh. I returned the dvd and got a replacement, only for the new one to do the same thing. So to watch quite a nice film you have to fiddle about re-setting, messing with the chapters and rewinding from the credits, just to be able to watch the last minute. Shame.
I really liked this film it has a rather simple but very heart warming story, with a nice vein of comedy running throughout - not a Hollywood production but a little Canadian gem that has a great cast of characters that really seem to jell on screen. While the image quality of the DVD is also of a high standard