Mañana a esta hora [This Time Tomorrow] (2016)

Mañana a esta hora
Director: Lina Rodriguez
Writer: Lina Rodriguez
Cast: Laura Osma, Maruia Shelton, Francisco Zaldua, Clara Monroy, Catalina Cabra, Francisco Restrepo, Juan Miguel Santana, Juan Pablo Cruz Pablo, Valentina Gómez, Alejandra Adarve, Kala Cruz
Seen on: 12.8.2016

Adelaida (Laura Osma) lives a rather harmonious life with her parents Francisco (Francisco Zaldua) and Lena (Maruia Shelton). Lena works as an event planner and takes care of the household and is also the main antagonist for teenaged Adelaida as she is slowly growing up. Francisco remains at the background, letting Lena run the show. But when tragedy comes to their door, the family has to figure out another way to organize and live their lives.

Mañana a esta hora is a calm, somewhat small film that becomes a little thin as it is stretched out to feature length, but there is still merit in watching it.


The film looks at an intensely private part of a family’s life, an impression that is enhanced by the camera work that is often close to the family, their person(alitie)s filling the entire screen. Personally I would have liked it if it had examined the political structures in that privacy a little more. Because there are societal factors at work here (as in every family, or every individual) and they are worth examining.

When the movie starts, showing how overworked Lena is and how she still has to organize her entire family and take care of everything. The classic feminist conundrum of the woman who has it all meaning the woman who does it all because the other people in her life are just too happy to let her do everything as they watch TV.

[SPOILERS from here on]

mananaaestahora1But soon the film loses that thread a bit. The tragedy that occurs is Lena losing her life and those the family almost collapsing because they don’t know how to deal with themselves not that their organizer is gone. But it felt almost more a tragedy that they lost their housekeeper etc than that Lena the person was gone from their lives. And then the film turns entirely away from her.

Lina Rodriguez does a great job establishing Lena’s efforts. But I wanted to see a happy Lena at the end of the film (and not just because we share a name), not Francisco and Adelaida slowly bouncing back from losing her. Of course it’s not uninteresting to ask the question of what would happen if all those women, who work double or triple to balance job and family, stopped doing just that. But I would rather know what would happen with them if they chose to stop, rather than what their families can do to readjust and go on. Maybe then the film would have felt like it had more substance.

mananaaestahora2Summarizing: It was okay.

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