November 16, 2013
Competition – Win new Margarita DVD, courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures
Margarita screened at the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in early 2013. Whilst the female protagonist happens to be a lesbian, the story is about family, class and immigration.
Margarita (Nicola Correia Damude) has been a nanny to young Mali for the past six years. Gail and Ben appear to have the perfect life – careers, money and, without fully appreciating it, a nanny who is making their house a home.
The couple’s bubble is burst when they realize that they are almost broke. They can no longer afford their current lifestyle. In assessing their situation, they decide that having a nanny is one expense they can no longer justify.
Deciding to let Margarita go reveals that she has been working illegally for them for the past six years. Margarita faces deportation as a result and Mali is heartbroken to be losing her nanny, who has become a big sister, as well as a carer. Mali forces her parents to think about what they are doing and the situation they have left Margarita in. They come up with some solutions that make for some comedy and teary moments alike.
Intertwined with the immigration story is Margarita’s relationship with Jane (Christine Horne), her lawyer girlfriend. Whilst their love is strong, something is holding Jane back from taking their relationship to the next level. Don’t be deceived by the opening to the trailer which really bigs up ‘the hot tub scene’ – their relationship isn’t as steamy as some viewers might hope for. Gay marriage is legal in Ontario but that isn’t on Jane’s agenda, which clashes with Margarita’s very traditional approach to being in love.
Margarita is packed with super-strong characters. The low-budget label is easily missed as you become so caught up the narrative and the superbly written dialogue. Lesbilicious highly recommend this warm drama with it’s beautiful laugh-out-loud moments (I can hint at a tool belt and a potential sham marriage). Lucky for you, Margarita is released on 25th November. A perfect Christmas gift – if you can wait that long.
Peccadillo Pictures are offering three lucky Lesbilicious readers the chance to win a copy of the DVD. First prizewinner will also win a signed copy of Finn’s Girl, from the same writer/directors, Dominique Cardona & Laurie Colbert.
All you have to do is answer one easy question: in which country is Margarita set?
Please email your answers to Georgia@lesbilicious.co.uk.
The closing date for this competition is 12pm on Monday 25th November. Entries can be accepted from the UK only. Winners will be notified by email.
You can pre-order Margarita from Amazon.
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