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Materna (2021)



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Materna follows the journeys of four New York women who are isolated by city life, separated by class, politics, race and religion, and yet bound by a shared hunger for identity and connection. With their futures at stake, the characters' lives are upended by a fateful encounter underground, where their stories of personal transformation become a battle for survival.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

Materna feels like a hodgepodge of half-finished drafts from one-act plays, pompous short films, and dusty first screenplays.

August 20, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Each section... leaves its mark...

August 12, 2021 | Full Review…

What Materna tries to say on race, class, culture, and society remains all too vague and surface-level in its aftermath.

August 6, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Sheil, Abdullina, Burdge and especially Eshete's performances are attuned to the material's fundamental air of incompleteness and instability.

August 6, 2021 | Full Review…
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Rarely do the filmmakers show people mutually affecting one another in cycles of pain and control, rather than blaming phantom figures.

August 2, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A thought-provoking debut.

October 14, 2020 | Full Review…

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