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Robe of Gems
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Jury Prize
In the countryside of Mexico, the fates of three women collide when the case of a missing person leads them on a path of pain and redemption.
Isabel and her family take possession of her mother’s villa in rural Mexico where they reconnect with their long-time domestic worker Maria. But things have never been the same since Isabel’s mother left. Once so well looked after, the house is now bare and neglected. Isabel and her husband are growing apart, and their children are increasingly worried about them. Maria’s sister’s disappearance has left her family in distress and forced her to engage in criminal activities with Adan, the son of a local policeman. Isabel decides to go on a dangerous quest, neglecting her own children, as well as her housekeeper’s warning that she does not understand how things work in Mexico’s poorer regions. Perfectly rendered in wide-framed images and unobtrusively fluid camerawork, the violence is muted and more social and psychological than physical in this first feature directed by Natalia López Gallardo, who has worked as an editor with Amat Escalante, Lisandro Alonso and Carlos Reygadas. Her ensemble film mixes realism, dreams and metaphors in which all the characters experience varying degrees of loss and abandonment. Every day, family members are disappearing through the cracks in society. But those who are most damaged are the ones who have lost a sense of what it means to have a home.

Natalia López

The Mexican-Bolivian filmmaker, writer, editor and actor was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1980. After studying film in Mexico, she edited films by Lisandro Alonso, Carlos Reygadas and Amat Escalante. Her short film En el cielo como en la tierra screened in the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes in 2007. She currently heads the Splendor Omnia post-production studio located near Mexico City. Robe of Gems is her debut feature film.

Directed by
Natalia López
Written by
Natalia López
Edited by
Natalia López, Omar Guzmán, Miguel Schverdfinger
Adrian Durazo
Sound by
Thomas Becka
Music by
Santiago Pedroncini
Nailea Norvind, Antonia Olivares, Aida Roa, Juan Daniel Garcia Treviño
Original title
Robe of Gems
English title
Robe of Gems
Mexico, Argentina
Running time
118 min
Age rating
Release date
03. 8. 2023
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Media reception

The Guardian
★★★★ "The film that everyone is talking about this year in Berlin."
Screen Daily
"A visually stunning, thoughtful, and profoundly unsettling study of the impact of male violence…"
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