• Most Beautiful Island (2017)

Most Beautiful Island

Release Date: November 2nd, 2017

UN |1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND is a psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City. Shot on Super 16mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana, a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana's day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable extremes. Before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

Cast: Nicholas Tucci , Larry Fessenden , Ana Asensio , Natasha Romanova , David Little , Caprice Benedetti

Director: Ana Asensio

Genres: Drama , Thriller

Production Co: Glass Eye Pix

Distributors: Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    There's much to admire about Most Beautiful Island, with its highly original spin on the immigrant survival story and its compelling protagonist, whose fate remains raw, urgent and real even as she's pulled into outré movie-ish weirdness. Despite some missteps, there are enough strengths to mark this as a promising debut. show more

  • 70
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    The pivotal scenes may be fictionalised, but the prickling, precarious threat is clammily authentic and inspired by the experiences of the film’s writer, director and star, Ana Asensio, as an undocumented Spanish immigrant eking out an existence in New York. show more

  • 75
    Henry StewartSlant Magazine

    Many genre movies in which bad things happen to women end with them fighting back, but here, as people surely would in real life, they just take the money and run. show more

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