How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer

Yesterday I went with friend and colleague Joy Castro to see “How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer” — DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE! The film follows three Mexican-American women during a hot listless summer in Arizona — as they discover (or rediscover) their sexuality. This is one of the few movies I have ever seen that deals with sexuality as a reality with all its power, sensuality, desires, and frustrations regardless of one’s age or wrinkles. The cast is fab — with Elizabeth Peña, America Ferrera, and Lucy Gallardo. The movie emphasizes the slow pace of small town Arizona through silences and glimpses of the rustic, albeit rundown, barrio. Hilariously, a group of viejitos function as a Greek chorus providing running commentary on women and cars. The movie is in English, but peppered with the particular southwestern “Spanglish” vernacular. Written and directed by Georgina Riedel, the movie was released in 2005, received critical acclaim, but she could not get a national distributor. With the fame of “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrera, the movie has been picked for selected release.

Check out the trailer on you tube:

One Response to “How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer”

  1. I will look for this movie. 🙂

    Hey, if you haven’t already, go see The Visitor. I have been meaning to write a review on my blog about it… but it does a great job of treating immigration as a human rights issue, not a Latino issues.

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