A quiet little movie is about to come out on DVD. “Margarita” starts off as what seems like a sexy lesbian story as two women in slow motion frolic in a hot tub, oblivious to the fact that a light snow is trying to interrupt their rendezvous.
Yet their encounter is short lived as Margarita is actually a nanny and the child in her care shows up. You can tell instantly that Margarita is part of the family as the child feels comfortable joining them in the hub tub and the adults instantly change tone to one of innocence.
The story is very much a slice of life and gives a glimpse into families we recreate. Sure, Margarita is on payroll, but she plays an important role in the family and that fact is actually the core of the film.
Margarita’s employees have over-extended in their seemingly successful careers and have decided they need to cut some costs. One of which is to let Margarita go since their daughter has gotten a bit older and has become self-sufficient.
This decision leads to a downbeat tone from the upbeat dynamic of the household as ill feelings and the possibility of deportation become key issues that need to be resolved.
The star of this film is co-directors Dominique Cordona and Laurie Colbert’s screenplay written with Margaret Webb. They do a magnificent job in showing all of the work an “at home” employee does and makes the lesbian angle just part of life and not the focus of the film. But the cast is universally appealing, especially Nicola Correia Damude’s Margarita who makes you root for her and completely finds all of the adoration and support she feels very believable.
The film has won seven film festival awards as Best Feature and one for Best Actress. It didn’t have a U.S. distribution but now you can get it through www.wolfevideo.com.