Filmfest 2014

German Age Rating

The story of a woman and her young son fleeing from an abusive husband and father is told simply and skillfully in REFUGIADO, a well-acted and steadily absorbing realist drama from Argentinean writer-director Diego Lerman. Primarily adopting a child’s-eye perspective but eventually expanding its focus to adopt the mother's p.o.v. as well, the picture displays a quiet confidence in choosing to withhold just the right degree of information from the viewer: After a disorienting, fragmentary setup, it moves through increasingly tense and suspenseful passages before arriving at a tender moment of honest emotional reckoning. ... Scene by scene, the film slowly and sensitively shades in the details – especially in one touching, shivery sequence set at a battered women’s shelter, where Matías befriends and plays with a young girl who similarly comes from an abusive background.
Justin Chang,

tags: Society, Childhood, Latin America, Motherhood, Feature film, Thriller

Cast: Julieta Díaz, Sebastián Molinaro, Marta Lubos, Valentina García Guerrero


Screenplay: Diego Lerman, María Meira

Director of Photography: Wojciech Staron

Film Editor: Alejandro Brodersohn

Composer: José Villalobos

Production Designer: Micaela Saiegh, Sabrina Campos

Costume Design: Sandra Fink

Sound: Leandro de Loredo

Producer: Nicolás Avruj

Production Company: Campo Cine

Co-Producer: Diego Lerman

World Sales: Memento Films International

Director: Diego Lerman