The Good Girls

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Mexico | 2018 | 93 minutes | Alejandra Marquez Abella

Living a life of plushness and privilege in one of Mexico City’s most exclusive enclaves, Sofia struggles to hold onto her status as the peso collapses, setting her adrift in a new reality in this sly satire from Alejandra Márquez Abella.

"A deliciously precise critique of 1980s fashion"—The Globe and Mail

With her perfectly coiffed hair, generously attentive husband, and beautifully appointed home in Mexico City's tony Polanco district, stunning Sofia de Garay (Ilse Salas, SIFF 2015's Gueros) lives a life that defines early-'80s luxury--one of spur-of-the-moment shopping trips to New York City and country-club lunches peppered with effusive compliments and empty praise, whose biggest challenge is maintaining her queen-bee status when a gaudy nouveau riche newcomer enters her social circle. So when President Lopez Portillo announces serious economic trouble ahead, there's seemingly little cause for concern. But when a major business deal put together by her husband Fernando falls through, her credit card starts being declined and her loyal servants' paychecks start bouncing. Soon, Sofia finds herself blindsided by the realization that her life is little more than a house of cards built on shaky credit. Writer/director Alejandra Marquez Abella—one of Variety 2019's "10 Directors to Watch"—brilliantly uses closed shots combined with an accelerated score to show the inner workings of a woman's mind in panic mode and a society pretending to maintain a status and a way of life at all costs.

Hebe Tabachnik

Director Biography 
Alejandra Marquez Abella was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and raised in Mexico City. She studied filmmaking at Centre d'Estudis Cinematographics de Catalunya in Barcelona. Her short film 5 Memories was exhibited in over 140 festivals around the world. Semana Santa (2015), her first feature, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and played such festivals as SXSW and Karlovy Vary. The Good Girls is her second feature.

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  • Original Language Title: Las ninas bien
  • Director: Alejandra Marquez Abella
  • Principal Cast: Ilse Salas, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Paulina Gaitan, Johanna Murillo, Flavio Medina
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Producer: Rodrigo S. Gonzalez Ortiz, Gabriela Maire
  • Screenplay: Alejandra Marquez Abella
  • Cinematographers: Dariela Ludlow
  • Editors: Miguel Schverdfinger
  • Music: Tomas Barreiro
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2019 (Best Ibero-American Film, Script, Editing); Havana Film Festival 2018 (Best Actress); Macao International Film Festival & Awards 2018 (Audience Choice Award)
  • Filmography: Semana Santa (2015); Mal de tierra (Doc., 2011)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Pantelion Films
  • International Sales: Luxbox