TIGLFF Movie Review: Mosquita Y Mari

An intimate, tender coming-of-age tale.

This semi-autobiographical drama depicts the sweet but intense friendship of two Chicana teens growing up in a primarily Mexican neighborhood in Los Angeles. The two girls struggle to make sense of their at-times confusing attraction for one another while maintaining familial obligations — book-smart Yolanda is college-bound and represents the American Dream for her hard-working family, while troubled Mari bears the burden of her family’s economic woes. Intimate and personal, this tender coming-of-age tale portrays teen angst and sexual awakening sincerely, without ever cloying.

Sat. Oct. 6, 6:45 p.m., Tampa Theatre.

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