TIFF review: The Good Girls

Ilsa Salas is riveting in this stylish, elegant and critical character study from Mexico

THE GOOD GIRLS PLAT D: Alejandra Márquez Abella. Mexico. 93 min. Sep 11, 9:15 am, TBLB 3 Sep 16, 9 pm, TBLB 3. See listing. Rating: NNN

Ilse Salas is riveting as Sofia, a high-society woman in Mexico whose financial woes during the 1982 debt crisis are ever so difficult to empathize with. 

That’s because she’s living in a rarified bubble – one that includes crystals, satin and private clubs. She also uses her cutting looks and perched nose as gatekeeper to those who perhaps have the money but not enough class (her idea of it, anyway) to mingle in her circles. 

With that in mind, the flailing economy almost seems like the hero in this stylish, elegant and critical character study, chipping away at Sofia’s lifestyle while she willfully refuses to accept it.

We’ve seen this story before, but Abella keeps things interesting with her laser-like focus on set details and Salas’s layered performance. The film doesn’t go easy on Sofia but still gives Salas room to find her vulnerability.

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