Inasmuch as Señorita is a political thriller, it is also a parable of transfemininity, agency, and sexual naivety. The narrative acts as a sort of backbone that links the film’s disparate elements together. Donna’s double life and her interpersonal relationships are the primary focus, and they are colored chiefly by her status as a trans woman. She tries desperately to maintain Tomas’s innocence, leading him to believe she takes up beauty pageants on trips to the city instead of telling him the truth of her being a sex worker. Her political and moral duplicity, and her struggles with them, seem to me to mirror an internal struggle of identity within Sandoval— A push-pull relationship between truth and illusion that calls into question which is which.
In the end, Donna’s truth is forcefully brought out— and she just has to accept it. Live with it.