Victoria

Drama, 8 min

A florist receives a surprise visit from her ex-wife, uneasy at the next round of coming out.

 

Nature is magical and beautiful, just like trans people

Co-parenting after a separation can be tricky, especially when the reason for splitting up is one parent, Clara (Abril Zamora), coming out as trans. Clara’s ex-wife, Ana (Lorena López), visits her flower shop with the mission to talk Clara out of coming to the upcoming parent-teacher meeting without showing how uncomfortable the thought of the two of them showing up together makes her. Director and writer Daniel Toledo Saura gives us a swift peak into the lives of two parents with a whole new challenge in front of them.

The film is named after the reference made to Victoria Amazonica, a waterlily that changes colour and gender during the pollinating process. Biology and nature is often used by homo – and transphobes attempting to discredit our existence, but the truth is that nature is just as – if not more – fluid and queer as humans. This parallel reminds us that nature is magical and beautiful, just like trans people.

Despite the relevancy of the metaphor, its incorporation in the narrative seems somewhat out of place. The footage of the Victoria Amazonica displayed in the very end of the film is grainy and contrasts the luminous imagery of the flower shop. The nature of a short film is to quickly draw us into its micro-universe, and when the atmosphere changes in last few minutes, it risks to abruptly remove us from the world it already set up.

The Spanish flower shop makes a beautiful setting in this short family drama. The vibrant colours and the excess of plants creates a strong backdrop to support the story of two exes – one ready for a new start, and the other feeling left behind.

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Rebecka Öberg

Rebecka Öberg

Film Reviewer

I’m Rebecka, a London based Swede with a passion for theatre - and filmmaking.

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