Jacinta

    • Jessica Earnshaw
    • United States
    • 2020
    • 105 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Best of Fests

    After nearly a year, the 26-year-old Jacinta is released from prison, where her mother is also incarcerated. She sets out to become a “success story," to stop using drugs and to reunite with her 10-year-old daughter, Caylynn. Despite her desire to rebuild her life for her daughter, Jacinta continually struggles against the forces that first led to her addiction.

    This intense, poignant portrait of a dysfunctional family, trapped from generation to generation in a toxic cycle of drug addiction and crime, is filmed in a manner that is both intimate and candid. Under the influence of her mother Rosemary, the radiant Jacinta became wrapped up in a routine of hustling for money to support her heroin addiction, punctuated by stretches of prison and grueling attempts to kick the habit.

    The downward spiral of Jacinta’s life seems hopeless, but the deepening insight into her unhealthy relationship with her mother, the family members who remain loving in spite of everything, and the precocious, gleefully cheerleading Caylynn bring glimmers of hope. Will Jacinta be able to break the cycle?

    Credits

    • 105 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: Not applicable
    Director
    Jessica Earnshaw
    Production
    Jessica Earnshaw for Endeavor Pictures, Holly Meehl for Lunamax Films, Nimisha Mukerji / Shotglass Productions
    Executive producer
    Dan Cogan for Impact Partners, Jenny Raskin for Impact Partners, Geralyn Dreyfous for Impact Partners, Jamie Wolf, Patty Quillin, Regina K. Scully
    Cinematography
    Jessica Earnshaw
    Editing
    George O'Donnell

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