Tótem

Tótem ★★★★

A beautiful, beautiful film about the preparation for a birthday party with darker tragedy lurking. Tótem is filled with gorgeous cinematography captured in beautiful hues of orange and brown. Images are lit from candles and lamps, shots capture small insects, shadows and tinted reflections on windows. 

A brilliant young performance from Naíma Sentíes expresses the surprising maturity, free spirited nature, and emotional intelligence people take for granted in children. An excellent screenplay and direction from Lila Avilés brings massive emotion to a miniature tale.

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