April’s Daughter

Las hijas de Abril

102 mins
7.2 / 10 (452)
63

Synopsis

17-year-old Valeria is pregnant by her teenage boyfriend, but hasn’t informed her absent mother April. When her sister Clara goes behind her back and calls April, their mother arrives full of concern and support. But once the baby is born, it becomes clear why Valeria wanted to keep April at bay.

MUBI's take

Winner of the 2017 Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes, Michel Franco’s April’s Daughter is a prickly portrait of motherhood, teenage pregnancy, and emotionally ruinous family dynamics. Deceptively domestic at first glance, this tale of maternal love shockingly swerves towards the extreme.