Following celebrating the film’s world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, the film received critical acclaim for both its performances and subject matter. With IndieWire praising that it “raises the bar for trans stories onscreen” and The Daily Beast hailing MONICA as “the most important film you can see this year”.
The film boasts and incredible cast starring Trace Lysette, Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson, Emily Browning, Joshua Close and Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza.
MONICA is an intimate portrait of a woman who returns home after a long absence to confront the wounds of her past. Reconnecting with her mother and the rest of her family for the first time since leaving as a teenager, Monica embarks on a path of healing and acceptance.
The film delves into Monica’s internal world and state of mind, her pain and fears, her needs and desires, to explore the universal themes of abandonment and forgiveness.
Speaking about his inspiration for the film Director Andrea Pallaoro said: “During the past few years my mother’s illness has compelled me to confront my past and the psychological effects of abandonment. Treading between the interior and exterior, the emotional and physical, MONICA explores the complexities of self worth, the deep-rooted consequences of rejection and the lengths we go to heal our wounds.
Through a cinematic language that stems from the juxtaposition of the aesthetics of intimacy and alienation, my creative team and I delved into the emotional and psychological landscape of Monica to reflect the precarious nature of self-identity when challenged by the need to survive and ultimately transform.”
MONICA is coming to UK & Irish Cinemas 15th December