1 hour 35 minutes


Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine

It’s impossible to overstate what a fantastic cinematic joy Tōtem is. Shortlisted by the Oscars for Best International Feature Film, Tōtem is “Exuberantly lovely. A dazzling, vibrant child’s-eye view of jubilation and tragedy.” – Jessica Kiang, Sight and Sound. In a bustling Mexican household, seven-year-old Sol is swept up in a whirlwind of preparations for an event both anticipated and dreaded: her father's birthday party. No description of Tōtem’s plot can capture what a life-filled, original, funny, and quietly understated film it is, comparable to the best films ever made about and from the point of view of a child looking at the incomprehensible adult world. “There isn’t a false note in the tender Mexican drama Tōtem…writer-director Lila Avilés creates a richly textured, deeply compassionate portrait of a family that’s falling apart…one of the finest movies you’ll see this year.”– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

This film is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund. Call the Box Office at 207.873.7000 to obtain YAAF tickets. Pay it forward! Donate to YAAF here.



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