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by Pedro Aguilera


A disoriented and vulnerable woman, overburdened with daily life problems and more: her belongings are impounded, her cosmetics shop has been closed down, and her children's future is unknown. The children's vitality draws a sharp contrast against the apathy shown by their mother, who slowly plunges into a deep depression. The kids, becoming aware that she lacks the necessary strength and maturity to effectively face these problems, are forced to adopt adult attitudes. Life goes on, and things change. Sometimes changes are slow and unnoticeable, sometimes they are sharp and tangible, and everything is transformed, always.

original title: La Influencia
country: Spain, Mexico
sales agent: Bac Films
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Pedro Aguilera
film run: 83'
release date: ES 20/07/2007, FR 23/04/2008
screenplay: Pedro Aguilera
cast: Paloma Morales, Jimena Jiménez, Romeo Manzanedo
cinematography by: Arnau Valls Colomer
producer: José María Lara, Carlos Reygadas
production: Alokatu S.L., Mantarraya Producciones, NoDream Cinema (MX)
distributor: Bac Films

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