The Desert Bride

In this low-key Argentine drama, a live-in maid from Chile (the spellbinding Paulina García) faces a new chapter in life when the Buenos Aires family she’s been tending to for 30 years sell their house and send her to care for their relatives in San Juan. After her bus is delayed in a pilgrimage town, she connects romantically with a vendor from the marketplace (Claudio Rissi) and ultimately accompanies him on a short road trip across the desert. What gives the narrative its poignance and power, however, is the woman’s reconnection with herself and her kinship with an unrecognized saint the town celebrates—a mother who died in the desert but whose suckling baby lived. Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato wrote and directed this debut feature. In Spanish with subtitles.