Margarita (film)

Margarita is a Canadian comedy-drama film, directed by Laurie Colbert and Dominique Cardona and released in 2012.[1] The film stars Nicola Correia-Damude as Margarita, a lesbian immigrant from Mexico who works as a nanny for a Toronto couple, but is placed at risk of deportation when their financial situation forces them to let her go.[2] The cast includes Patrick McKenna and Claire Lautier as her employers Ben and Gail, Maya Ritter as their daughter Mali, and Christine Horne as Margarita's girlfriend.[3]

Directed byLaurie Colbert
Dominique Cardona
Produced byRechna Varma
Written byLaurie Colbert
Dominique Cardona
Margaret Webb
StarringNicola Correia-Damude
Patrick McKenna
Christine Horne
Maya Ritter
Music byGermaine Franco
CinematographyD. Gregor Hagey
Edited byPhyllis Housen
Rechna Varma Productions
Distributed byMongrel Media
Release date
  • April 1, 2012 (2012-04-01) (Créteil)
Running time
90 minutes

The film premiered at the 2012 Créteil International Women's Film Festival.[4]

Critical responseEdit

Writing for the Toronto Star, Linda Barnard called the film a predictable domestic drama, but praised Correia-Damude for her performance.[3] For The Globe and Mail, Liam Lacey wrote that the cast "works valiantly and the cinematography is crisp, but trite characterizations and an earnest-cutesy tone make this movie feel like too much domestic labour."[5] Robert Bell of Exclaim! wrote that "Beyond the assertion that they understand the world's woes and can appreciate the altruistic and entirely loveable lower class, there's a contrary preoccupation with job title as key signifier of a person's importance. Much like the doctors in Finn's Girl, everyone, aside from Margarita, is a doctor, dentist or law student. While appropriate, since the majority of Toronto is convinced of their own importance, Colbert and Cardona are unaware of this irony or vulgar superficiality, instead demonstrating blind adherence to an amusing status quo."[1]


The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2012 Inside Out Film and Video Festival.[6]


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