Women Have Curves
Description of Film:
Patricia Cardoso (Nappily Ever After) directs
this film, from the play by Josefina Lopez.
The film focuses on a first generation Mexican-American
girl named Ana (played by America Ferrera, The
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) who
is on the brink of womanhood. Ana lives in a
community in East Los Angeles that is mostly
Latino. Right out of high school, Ana
finds herself being given a full scholarship
to prestigious Columbia University; this is
her dream come true. However, Ana’s
parents are old-fashioned and traditional.
They believe that what Ana needs to do is help
care and provide for her family, not go off
to college. Ana is in a rough place; she
is confused about whether to follow her dreams
to Columbia or remain with her family.
She decides to work with her mother (Lupe Ontiveros,
Selena) at her sister’s sewing
factory in downtown Los Angeles for the summer.
During that time, Ana comes to admire
the women who are there everyday working hard.
The women begin to school her in the need for
unity and teamwork. However, Ana decides
that she must leave her home and community to
further her education. She thinks this
is what is best for her and what will let her
discover where she fits in the world as a proud,
intelligent Chicana-American woman.
This movie is rated PG-13 for language and
some sexual content.
Real Women Have Curves was nominated
for three Sundance Film Festival awards.
One nomination was for the Audience Award for
Dramatic Film. The film won the Grand
Jury Prize and the Special Jury Prize for America
Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros for acting.
Why I Recommend This Film:
This movie is well directed and the performances
are comprehensive. It is vivid, charming,
warm, funny and refreshing. It is particularly
refreshing in its content and characters.
Why This Film Is Important:
This movie helps break down stereotypes by depicting
a group not commonly seen in the film industry;
hard-working Latina women who offer wisdom and
care for one another. It is unlike so
many films in which Latina women play maids;
Lupe Ontiveros was quoted as saying that she
thinks she has played a maid in over 150 films.
What does that say about what the film industry
thinks of Latina women? This movie is
excellent because it shows us a culture not
Favorite Quotation: Rosali
has just said she looked like a cow. Her
Ana: If you're a cow, then I'm a hippo.
Estela: And I'm an elephant.
Pancha: [laughing] And I'm Orca.