Mamito (1980)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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With Creole dialogue and local volunteer actors, director Christian Lara adds authenticity and native humor to this otherwise routine drama about a West Indies grandmother in difficult straits. The grandmother suddenly finds herself in charge of her grandchildren after her son dies in a car crash. Her daughter-in-law is critically injured in the same accident and is hospitalized. Grandma needs to make some money in a hurry and opts for going in on a farming collective. Social and economic conditions threaten to ruin even this venture until the daughter-in-law recuperates and starts to help. Racial biases complicate everything from the beginning.