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Marisa’s traditional Costa Rican funeral procession snaking through Alajuela’s modern streets opens After the Funeral, but the film scrutinizes the rift her death opens between Tony, her American husband, and Berto, their teenage son. Tony believes his ties to Costa Rica severed and insists on relocating to the US; Berto resists, desperate to remain in Costa Rica, in part to honor his mother. Attempting reconciliation, Tony forces Berto on an already planned rain forest fishing trip with family friends; on the river they search for a home lost between two worlds.

This cross between Y Tu Mama Tambien and Lost in Translation asks, “When you’re born between two worlds, how do you go home?”

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