Director Ana García Blaya's first feature film, inspired heavily by her own childhood, is an authentic feel-good coming-of-age drama that marks her as a director to watch in years to come.
The Good Intentions centers around the relationship of Gustavo -- a slacker, record-shop owning dad -- and his three kids, particularly his eldest daughter, Aman. Mature beyond her years, she tackles the responsibilities of daily life to keep her family afloat, whereas her loving but hapless dad only concerns himself with fun things, be it music or soccer or playing around with the kids. When the children's mother wants to move them to Paraguay with her new partner, where they can be better taken care of and educated, everyone is just fine with the plan – everyone except Aman, who wants to look after her helpless dad and intends to keep doing so.
Featuring a great soundtrack of Argentinian indie rock from the '90s, and a heavy dose of home video footage which lends the film an intimate air of authenticity (much is recreated from Blaya's real home video footage), The Good Intentions will leave you feeling part of this fractured but loving family.
This screening is sponsored by FlixLatino, ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.