Rara. 2016. Chile/Argentina. Directed by Pepa San Martín. Screenplay by San Martín, Alicia Scherson. In Spanish; English subtitles. 90 min.
With Julia Lübbert, Mariana Loyola, Agustina Muñoz, Emilia Ossandon. Twelve-year-old Sara and her younger sister Catalina live with their divorced mother and her same-sex partner in a middle-class Chilean household. Nothing seems unusual in their comfortable domestic life until a picture Catalina draws of their family raises some eyebrows at school. Suddenly Sara, already preoccupied with her newfound interest in boys and the arrival of adolescence, must also confront society’s prying eyes and an agitated father who goes to court to challenge for the custody of the two girls. In her keenly observed feature debut, Pepa San Martín takes us into the delicate emotional world of a preteen girl and the intricate dynamics of a modern family.