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How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

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As sweltering summer and romantic drought stretches over a sun-bleached Arizona border town, the Garcia Girls lovingly explore the terrain of longing, desire, and self-realization among three generations of women in a Mexican American family.

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A beautiful rendered tale... Elizabeth Pena delivers Oscar-quality work --Richard Roeper, At The Movies

A vivid slice of Mexican-American family life that anyone can conect with, regardless of ethnicity --Christy Lemire, Associated Press

Riedel has spun... a subtly beautiful tapestry that's both entertaining and deeply affecting --Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune

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  • Actors: America Ferrera, Elizabeth Pena, Lucy Gallardo, Steven Bauer, Rick Najera
  • Directors: Georgina Garcia Riedel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK8JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on August 18, 2010
Format: DVD
***1/2

The Garcia girls consist of women from three successive generations: Dona Genoveva (Lucy Gallardo), the septuagenarian matriarch of the clan; Lolita (Elizabeth Pena), her stressed-out single-mother daughter; and Blanca (America Ferrera), her just-beginning-to-learn-about-life teenaged granddaughter. As the middle person in the hierarchy, Lolita has her hands full dealing with not only her own issues of a middle-aged divorcee struggling to make something of her own life, but those of an aging mother who's suddenly decided she wants to learn how to drive and to become romantically involved with the family gardener, and of a daughter who`s just beginning to learn about boys and the strange impulses and yearnings that are suddenly pouring forth from her rapidly changing body.

At its core, "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" shows how the problems of sex, love and relationships cut across all generational lines. Genoveva, for instance, is every bit as interested in achieving physical intimacy with a man as is her virginal teenaged granddaughter. In fact, this is one of the rare films that even acknowledges, let alone dramatizes, the fact that older people can be every bit as sexually preoccupied and sexually active as their much younger counterparts. And the movie also notes that the social and religious taboos placed on senior citizens having sex are every bit as intense as those placed on youngsters for the same thing. And caught in the middle of all this is Lolita, who often doesn't know quite what to make of either her mother or her daughter - or how to find the right balance between her own desires and needs and the responsibilities of being a breadwinner, a supportive daughter and a guiding force in her child's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connie G Scammell TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 30, 2009
Format: DVD
Sexuality comes in all ages.

Georgina Garcia Riedel directed this independent movie, a movie inspired by her own grandmother. It's a well-written and finely-acted thinking woman's movie.

This movie is about a three-generational Mexican-American family in Somerton, Arizona (SW of Yuma), a small town in which rumors spread quicker than sand storms. These three women go through different phases of awareness in their lives in one hot and dusty southern Arizona summer.

Men play a subordinate role in this film. Machismo is curtailed by leaving out gratuitous violence, abuse and sex. People who want to see lustful sex scene or violent domestic scenes need not look further as you won't find it here. The men who show tenderness toward the women contradict the other macho men. Whenever Riedel wants to change the viewer's attention she goes back to a park scene of five townsmen who appear to have plenty of time just to sit and talk about their old love/sex lives while women in this movie struggle in every scene with men. And cars. Cars in this movie are the connection between men and women.

The women in this movie just want love. Free spirit Blanca (America Ferrera) wants it, Controlling,embittered and lonely divorcee Lolita (Elizabeth Pena) fights it, and Independent Nana (Lucy Gallardo) finds it again. It is Lolita who is the most critical of love. She doesn't seem to understand her mother or her own daughter who seem curious about love. She gets love, too, but refuses to acknowledge it.

Sex. Love. Cars. If cars didn't have a role in this movie perhaps this movie would be boring...

I thoroughly enjoyed Nana in this movie and her struggles with her self-awareness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sturak on August 27, 2010
Format: DVD
How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005) Elizabeth Peña, America Ferrera
Rated R.
Another basically unknown movie.
This Indy film by a new woman director, is a slice of life taking place in a parched and dust bound piss-ant of a border town in Arizona.
This town can be best described as a derelict vehicle set on blocks in the desert and waiting to rust away as the years roll on by, without anyone ever noticing.
No where to go.
Nothin' to do.
A dirt road to nowhere in particular so why is there even a road?
Towns like this offer a corner video store as it's only breath of life to all its residents. That and the local laundromat hangout.
Three generations of Hispanic women: mom, daughter and grandma, begin to collide when old and new cultures cross swords as they all decide to break out of their monotony.
Their trials lead them to many experiences and revelations.
The characters and their lives are oddly affecting.
They're all looking for something. Is it love? Is it freedom from loneliness? And just how do you get there? And what is the price to pay?
Where can true tenderness be found? And is there such a thing?
This is a slow and meaningful character study. A film with a gentle heart. Some may find it boring but towns and lives like this are boring, Yet there is nothing boring about the choices people make in their lives when those choices lead them to a place they had not intended to go.
A movie for a quiet evening.
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