Streaming Video - 2011 | French
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Elza is a riveting, deeply personal story about the emotional journey of a young Parisian woman returning home to her native island of Guadeloupe. Bernadette (Mariette Monpierre) has tried hard to give her daughter everything. She is thrilled when Elza (Stana Roumillac), the first college graduate in the family, completes her master's degree. But Elza breaks her mother's heart by running off to Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory, the father she barely remembers. Based on director Mariette Monpierre's own life experience, this feature debut captures the passion and contradictions of a family in transition while offering a rare insider's view of Caribbean culture. Monpierre's critically acclaimed debut feature is gorgeously shot on the island of Guadeloupe, and is a moving, universal story on the fragile bonds of family.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 78 min.)) : sd., col


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Oct 31, 2016

I borrowed the movie from Evanston Library and watched it with neighbors and friends. A wonderful film! I'm glad Elza and her dad finally reconnected at the end of the film.

Dec 01, 2015

The natural beauty and quality infrastructure of the island of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, contrasts sharply with the philandering, racism and misogyny exhibited by Elza's estranged father. Why Elza continued to yearn for a rapprochement with him remains a mystery to this viewer. Hopefully Elza gains insight on the reasons for her mother's escape to Paris and makes a reconciliation upon her return.


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