A Thief’s Daughter (2019)

Sara (Greta Fernández in an emotionally dense performance that saw her share the acting prize at San Sebastian with Nina Hoss) is at 22, young and determined but also disadvantaged by circumstance that has left her trying to care for her baby as her partner Dani (Alex Monner) works away while also attempting to set up some sort of home that her younger brother (Tomas Martin) – currently in an orphanage – can share.

Insecurity is, by this point in her life, almost part of Sara’s DNA – and is only magnified when she accidentally crosses paths with her estranged father Manuel (Greta’s real-life father Eduard). What his crimes are against society are – like most of the backstory elements of this film – left undetailed, but it’s evident that he has stolen a great portion of Sara’s childhood thanks to his behaviour.

As character studies go, it’s familiar ground but Belén Funes succeeds in exploring it with some tenacity and strikes emotional chords without resorting to melodrama. She achieves this by ensuring her camera sticks with her best asset – Greta – at almost every moment, so that we capture every moment of Sara’s experience.

Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

  • Orig. title: La hija de un ladrón
  • Language: Spanish, Catalan
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Latido Films
  • Cinematography: Neus Ollé
  • Editing: Bernat Aragonés
  • Sound: Enrique G. Bermejo
  • Production design: Marta Bazaco