Monica

original title:

Monica

directed by:

country:

USA/Italy

year:

2021

format:

colour

status:

Development/Pre-production (21/01/2021)

Monica is the intimate and moving portrait of a transgender woman (Trace Lysette) living in Los Angeles who returns to her small Ohio home town for the first time in over 20 years to care for her dying mother, Eugenia (Patricia Clarkson). While staying in her childhood home, Monica must heal the wounds of her past with Eugenia and her brother, Paul. She forges her own path of forgiveness and acceptance by forming new relationships along the way with her sister-in-law, Laura (Anna Paquin), her mother’s caregiver, Leticia (Adriana Barraza), as well as her niece and nephews. Exploring the universal themes of aging and beauty, rejection and alienation, Monica begins to reconstruct the mosaic of her life, recognizing herself as a whole person, stronger through pain and joy, both able to give and receive love.