SXSW Film Festival: ‘Women is Losers’ Review

Women is Losers: Directed by Lissette Feliciano

SYNOPSIS: In 1960s San Francisco, bright and talented catholic school girl Celina Guerrera survives a difficult home life by following the rules. That is until an indiscretion creates a series of devastating consequences. As Celina faces the compounded obstacles of being young and alone, she sets out to rise above the oppression of poverty and invest in a future that sets new precedents for the time.

I walked into this film knowing absolutely nothing other than the synopsis that was provided. A film based on a true story with many deep-cutting themes that resonate not just from the time period it is set in, but today as well. I left the experience with a broken heart, not because I hated the movie, but because of how emotionally thrown I was in the end.

Lorenza Izzo is a revelation. She gives such a heartbreaking and tragic performance that in many instances almost moved me to tears. Her, along with a stellar supporting cast made this film a time that I won’t soon forget. So many heartbreaking lines and moments that seemed bigger than the screen, all thanks to those performances.

The next thing that stood out heavily is the clear style of storytelling and filmmaking. The film takes the time to speak directly to the camera and tell the audience what they are trying to tell you. No tricks and no gimmicks. You know clearly where the story stands and the beliefs of those who wrote it. Could it be a little too on the nose sometimes, yes absolutely, but the heart and emotion move you past those moments. 

The overall technical aspects of the film are strong. The direction is thoughtful and well done and the cinematography for a film like this is actually pretty good. The film will be criticized for being too on the nose but I found myself looking past that because of how effective the emotion and the heart is.

FINAL:

Women is Losers is a solid film that is back by fantastic performances, some really good heart and a compelling story. At times it may be too on the nose, but the heart and emotions push past those elements. The film tackles very hard themes but explains them in a way that makes it easy for the audience to understand. The standout of the entire film is the performance from Lorenza Izzo and that performance will carry weight for a long time.

POINT BREAKDOWN:

25 for Entertainment 20

20 for Performances 20

10 for Direction 10

10 for Writing 7

10 for Emotions 10

10 for Cinematography 8

5 for Pacing 4

5 for Rewatchability 5

5 for Automatic 5

Women is Losers: 89/100

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