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Last spring in slum | Movie

Director Isabel Lamberti has already followed this Spanish Roma family for her documentary Volando Voy, with which she graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2015. This time she returns with a different plan. In La última primavera family members play fictional versions of themselves. With their own life as a source of inspiration.

In a raw style, Lamberti shoots smoothly back and forth within the family. There is a threat of deportation, and everyone experiences this in their own way. While father David tries hard to keep up his self-built life, his youngest child plays on a junkyard and a teenage son teeters between crime and a career as a hairdresser. Daughter-in-law Maria now comes from a different background. She can hardly explain to her mother why she wants to continue to live in this area.

On the one hand, this family is a warm unit that can no longer imagine life outside the slum. On the other hand, this also concerns individual characters. Loose intimate portraits, which unfortunately remain on the superficial side due to the short playing time. Fortunately, the unpolished, natural atmosphere makes up for it.

✭✭✭✩ (3.5 out of 5)

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