The Sharks (Lucía Garibaldi, 2019)

 
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Jaws

When inscrutable Rosina spots a shark on the beach, her whole town becomes paranoid, but our lead character has other worries to deal with, like becoming a teenager, for example.

For her promising debut, Lucía Garibaldi subverts the coming-of-age genre with a story that shows the trails of growing up, especially when you’re living in a house without running water, you spend the whole summer helping your dad at work and your crush masturbates in front of you on your first “date.”

Overwhelmed by puberty, Rosina tries to win Joselo’s heart in the worst possible way: by stealing his rucksack, making dirty phone calls and kidnapping his dog. “Gurl, you should come up with a better plan.” Garibaldi, though, doesn’t show this stalking-is-love trope as a romantic device, just like Alain Resnais’s Wild Reeds or the Twilight trilogy, but as a teenager confused by this dog-eat-dog world and her own maliciousness.

Right at the beginning, Rosina runs away after hitting her sister so bad she might lose her eye. Rosina apologises and tells her dad she never meant to do any harm. Dad believes her and the audience too, but towards the end of the movie, viewers come to realise that the titular sharks might be a threat, but they should definitely, certainly, absolutely not upset Rosina.

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