Michele, a divorced aerobics instructor with a gambling addiction, loses her job and seeks refuge with a childhood friend, Janine, who lives in a seemingly comfortable middle-class suburban neighborhood. Michele's rebellious teenage daughter, Marguerite, and Janine's shy and reserved daughter, Gabrielle, become friends, leading to unforeseen tensions that force both generations to reassess their values. Familia explores the question of how value systems are passed on from mother to daughter and asks: Is it possible to avoid passing on to our children those traits that we despise in our parents?
- "Familia is a refreshing and insightful look at the relationships of two sets of three generations of women that contemplates the question of whether or not women are genetically bound to be like their mothers."
- "A rich tapestry of subplots and characters [with a] keen sense of humor."
- "[A] superbly acted and engrossing film!"
Awards & Recognition
Best First Canadian Feature
Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Best Achievement in Direction
Best Original Screenplay
Best Supporting Actress
Locarno Int'l Film Festival
Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival