Javier van de Couter

Argentina 2011, 105 min.


Spoken language: Spanish

On the outskirts of Buenos Aires, gays, lesbians and transsexuals live together in a small neighbourhood permanently threatened with clearance. One of them is Ale, a transsexual who lives from collecting scrapped cardboard. On one of her rounds she witnesses a dejected man throwing out a box. She takes it home and in it discovers among other things a diary. It apparently once belonged to Mía, a woman who committed suicide. In her diary Mía explains to her young daughter Julia why she chose to die.
In the past years Argentina has developed into a model country as far as rights of sexual minorities are concerned. Same-sex marriage has been legalized and for those who want sex-change surgery all the psychological testing is no longer required. Only one person can determine your gender and that person is you! With this touching tale director Javier Van de Couter,, who also wrote the script, wants to contribute to these changes. After all, the ability to give love and warmth has nothing to do with one’s sexual inclination. Ale is impressively played by Camila Sosa Villada.
(World Cinema Festival Amsterdam)