Clara Sola

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Jul 1, 2022

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In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 40-year-old woman, experiences a sexual and mystical awakening as she begins a journey to free herself from the repressive religious and social conventions which have dominated her life


  • Daniel Castañeda Rincón
  • Wendy Chinchilla Araya
  • Ana Julia Porras Espinoza
  • Flor María Vargas Chavez

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Aug 31, 2021

Set in a rural village and cast with nonactors, led by a feral performance from dancer Wendy Chinchilla Araya, the drama occupies its own territory, tinged with magical realism and deeply immersed in the sensory world. It’s also a vivid reminder that even a matriarchy can be paternalistic.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
Aug 31, 2021

Clara Sola mixes religion, mysticism and sexuality in a way that feels simultaneously odd, disquieting and richly rewarding. It starts out beautifully restrained and ends up somewhere else entirely, but it’s all the more interesting for its split personality.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond
Aug 31, 2021

Mesen’s delicate yet earthy, thoughtful yet sensual movie never tips its hand as to whether Clara’s abilities are real or imaginary — indeed it makes the line between fact and fantasy seem as nonsensical as it might to a horse — and it pays off in one of those obscurely uplifting endings.

Metacritic review by Jessica Kiang
Jessica Kiang