DÓLARES DE ARENA
Directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas
Dominican Republic/Mexico/Argentina, 2014, 85 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE, Toronto IFF
Geraldine Chaplin, BEST ACTRESS - Chicago, Havana, & Nashville IFF
Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas. Along with her boyfriend, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander the beach. As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years.
Noelí’s boyfriend feigns to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month. For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date closes in.