THE GIRLS ARE ALRIGHT – Review by Tara Karajica

Spanish actress Itsaso Arana’s directorial debut, The Girls Are Alright (Las chicas están bien), is an amusing, thought-provoking and heart-warming gem of a film. It is the story of a group of girls who meet at a country house for a week in summer to rehearse a play. During their time together, they exchange their knowledge of friendship, acting, love, orphanhood and death; with the secret hope that sharing will make them better people. The Girls Are Alright is a summer tale with princesses, horses, toads, a fire, a fiesta, a river, myriad letters, and even a scatterbrained prince.

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THE AUGUST VIRGIN – Review by Diane Carson

This is decidedly co-writer Itsaso Arana’s film and playing the lead character, Eva, she gloriously owns it. Such a central female character is exceptional, especially the female friendships, though the importance of romantic connections qualifies that progressive element. Nevertheless, engagingly, admirably, Arana searches for her authentic self and takes us with her.

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THE AUGUST VIRGIN – Review by April Neale

The August Virgin is an immersive Sangria-soaked sight-seeing trip to Madrid during the month when many of its citizens abandon her. This film will likely resonate more for women than it will with men. You will recognize many of the emotions and longings that Eva has come to consider in her quiet metamorphosis into female adulthood.

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