34/200 “Te Presento a Laura” (2010)
Directed by: Fez Noriega
★★★ (out of 5)
Like many feel good movies of its kind this is a love story between two quirky loners. Laura (Martha Higadera), who sometimes calls herself Valeria, Eva, and another variety of pseudonyms, is a cute little hipster who hangs out in Mexico City carrying a “free hugs” sign as she gives off hugs to strangers. In the evening she frequents a life support group for people who suffer from depression and/or have tried to commit suicide. It is not a cheery group. Laura’s presence illuminates the room, but it is clear she doesn’t belong there. Counter to Laura there is Sebastian (Kuno Becker), a semi-success full actor whose career is in shambles, and gets accused of manslaughter after a drunk-driving accident. Depressed and not wanting to face jail, Sebastian thinks about jumping off a building. Right where Laura happens to be giving free hugs.