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Review - Leona (5 of 5 Stars)

by Christina Nicole Every so often a film comes along that is exactly what you needed see for that particular time in your life, and I had the distinct pleasure of that clandestine filmic experience when watching Leona. Leona tells the story of Ariela, a Syrian-Jewish muralist from Mexico City and her search for love and understanding. All of her friends are getting married and having children, but Ariela is drowning out the noise of convention with her headphones while painting. Along the way, she meets Ivan, a goy and they fall in love. The film’s muted tones and shadowy scenes add a layer of conservative intimacy. The cinematography is both cold and warm in a way that really speaks to the rest of the film. The Syrian-Jewish community is   very closed off from the rest of society, but extremely warm and loving within the community. The love between Ivan and Ariela evokes poetry; it is reminiscent of Neruda’s sonnet 17, “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,/in secret, be