It is undeniable that the Mexican documentary scene is going through one of its best moments. And movies like Daniela Alatorre’s debut film contribute to this boom. In the Sanctuary of Atotonilco de León, Guanajuato, more than 3,000 women go on a yearly spiritual retreat. This documentary – , which was edited, shot and produced by Alatorre (with co-producers Natalia Almada and Elena Fortes, follows in the footsteps of Marina, who tries to convey the values of the Catholic religion to her granddaughter Perla, a young girl torn between following in the wake of her family and following her own path. The film´s camerawork of Retiro moves swiftly and stealthily to capture, from an anthropological, historical, political and deeply feminist perspective, a story as captivating as it is dazzling. One of the most stimulating surprises of recent Mexican cinema.

Review by:   Abel Cervantes



Daniela Alatorre

Daniela Alatorre, who studied communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana and has a master’s degree in documentary cinema from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a founding partner of the production company No Ficción, through which she has produced both the feature films De panzazo ( 2012) and Midnight Family (2019), among others. She has collaborated on the Ambulante Festival and she is also a logistics consultant for the Morelia International Film Festival, which she has produced for several years. Retiro is her first feature film.

Director: Daniela Alatorre
Screenplay: Daniela Alatorre
Producer: Daniela Alatorre, Natalia Almada, Elena Fortes, Abril López
Production Company: Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), No Ficción
Cinematography: Daniela Alatorre
Edition: Daniela Alatorre, Sonia Sánchez
Music: Dave Cerf
Sound: Daniela Alatorre
Cast: Marina Guadarrama, Perla Ávila