Review of “The Firefly (La Luciernaga)” at the Sarasota Film Festival #SFF2015

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Review by: Marijke

La Luciernaga is a touching story, with English sub titles, portrayed in Bogota, Columbia, about a developing love relationship between two woman. The one whose brother was killed in an auto accident on the day that the other woman was to get married to the brother. The photography was superbly done with a good blend of indoor and outdoor scenes. Near the end the sexual scene between the two women was very tastefully done, however if you are squeamish to such acts, then perhaps this is not the movie for you to watch. As with all good movies it has a very endearing long lasting twist at the end.

There only aspect of the movie that did not appear to be totally clear was the reason why the brother and sister were estranged for three years. It was the scene which tried to explain the cause for the estrangement— which appeared to be a present day scene, rather than more clearly emphasizing that it was a scene three years ago in the movie time line.

Even though the movie was filmed in Columbia, thankfully there were no violent scenes what so ever. Many of the movies that this reviewer has seen this year at the Sarasota Film Festival also do not use violence and it is a testament to the fact that a good movie can be successfully made with out resorting to violence for its mainstay.

In conclusion, this movie —if it were possible to give a 6 out of 5, then this movie would get it. However, only a 5 out of 5 is possible.



The Firefly (La Luciernaga)
Feature | 88 Min
A man’s sudden death on his wedding day brings together an unlikely pairing between his fiancé and his estranged sister. Strangely compelled by their common bond with him, the mismatched pair spend more and more time together. Eventually the situation becomes well… complicated.
Film Info
Genre: Narrative
English Title: The Firefly
Original Title: La Luciernaga
Category: Narrative Feature
Release Year: 2014
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type of Film: Narrative Feature
Production Country: Colombia
Original Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast: Carolina Guerra
Olga Segura
Manuel José Chávez
Maria Helena Doering
Álvaro Rodríguez
Luis Fernando Orozco
Andrés Aranburo
Pedro Luis Falla
Director: Ana Maria Hermida
Executive Producer: Luisa Casas
Dimitry Elyashkevich
Ana Maria Hermida
Produced By: Luisa Casas
Screenwriter: Ana Maria Hermida
Cinematography: Alonso Homs
Editing By: Juan Falla
Travis Graalman
Music By: Bartlomiej Gliniak
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