BAMcinemaFest Review: Dominican Drama ‘De Lo Mio’ Excels Where Words Fail

De Lo Mio begins with a tidy visual metaphor: a man carefully opens many blinds to let light into a dark room. The three siblings in Diana Peralta’s debut feature try keeping it respectable when they reunite in the Dominican Republic to clean out their grandmother’s home, but family history quickly rears its ugly head and, soon, long-buried emotions are dredged up. Grudges merely fester like an open wound if they aren’t confronted, Peralta argues. Why not use sunlight, the best disinfectant available, to clean it up before it’s too late?

Rita (Sasha Merci) and Carolina (Darlene Demorizi) travel from New York to Santiago to help their estranged brother, Dante (Héctor Aníbal), sell the family property and collect some money. The two sisters mourn their late grandmother and express regret that they didn’t help out when she fell ill, a lapse Dante clearly resents. Similarly,
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