Taking inspiration from her own experiences as an undocumented migrant in New York, Spanish actress Ana Asensio writes, directs and stars in this thought-provoking and unsettling indie movie.
Most Beautiful Island starts off as a documentary-style day-in-the-life social drama with her character, Luciana, scrabbling from one low-paying under-the-counter gig to another, handing out flyers dressed in a skimpy chicken costume one moment, babysitting spoilt rich kids the next.
But there’s already something unnerving about the claustrophobic camerawork and needling sound design, and the film gradually shades into thriller territory after Luciana accepts an offer of $2,000 to turn up in a little black dress at a mysterious party in Manhattan.
Certificate 18. Runtime 79 mins. Director Ana Asensio
Most Beautiful Island available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from Bulldog Films.