Nicola Correia Damude rides high as Margarita.
MARGARITA (Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert). 90 minutes. Screens tonight (Thursday, June 20), 8 pm, at the Carlton, as part of the Female Eye Film Festival and then opens Friday (June 21). For venues and times, see listings. Rating: NNN
This entertaining feature is a major stride forward for the directors of the not very credible Finn's Girl. Nanny Margarita (Nicola Correia Damude) gets fired by her financially challenged employers, Ben and Gail (Patrick McKenna and Claire Lautier), much to the outrage of their teenaged daughter (Maya Ritter).
Turns out Margarita's indispensable - she fixes things and tutors Maya in math, sending her grades soaring - and soon Ben and Gail discover she's in the country illegally and regret their decision.
There's some silliness here (okay, they need a housekeeper, but Ben and Gail should know how to use at least one appliance), and a subplot with renovator Carlos (Marco Grazzini), who wants to turn Margarita straight, is unnecessary.
But the performances, especially by Damude and Christine Horne as her girlfriend are very good, and there's lots of gratuitous lesbian sex in the hot tub. I say that in a good way.