Wolfe Video has selected June 4 as the DVD debut date for writer/director Aurora Guerrero’s Mosquita y Mari.
After working the film festival circuit last year — to good success, including Sundance — the film got an all too brief arthouse run which generated ticket sales of $8,614 last August and then dropped out of sight. The ARR comes in at 305 days.
It is Wolfe Video to the rescue for the next phase — home entertainment — for this sweet, coming-of-age film that certainly accomplished its goal of getting beyond the noise of the indie film world with a micro theatrical run and festival competitions; the reviews and buzz have been solid.
Yolanda (Fenessa Pineda, in her first starring role) is a high school senior with bright prospects for college. Her parents (played by Joaquín Garrido and Laura Patalano) have worked their butts off to insure that she has the future and opportunities that they never had. As a result, they’ve kept a close eye on her and made sure that the traps of high school pressures haven’t bubbled to the surface.
All of that seems to change when Mari (Venecia Troncoso) transfers in. She’s “wild” and not likely to finish out the year. Easily dismissed as just an accident waiting to happen, Yolanda finds herself strangely attractive to the newcomer and more or less takes her under her wing.
There is a sexual tension between the two, which is never fully explored, although the implications are clearly there. Mom and dad would never approve of such a relationship, but there is a certain irony in that. They’ve raised their daughter to excel and be a “good” person … her adoption, care and attention to Mari embraces all of those qualities that they expect of her.
This is especially true when it is revealed that Mari’s rebellious nature is actually masking some very troubling issues in her family life. Friendship — even love and affection — are the things she needs in her life, but the deck may be stacked against Yolanda (aka: Mosquita) and Mari.
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