MONICA is an intimate portrait of a woman who, for the first time in 20 years, returns home to the Midwest to take care of her ailing mother. Through the themes of abandonment, aging, rejection, acceptance and forgiveness, we get to know Monica and her world made of pain, fear but also courage. A journey through the needs and desires of a woman who opens a cognitive look at the human condition. With Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Adriana Barraza, Emily Browning, Joshua Close.

Bolstered by a powerful lead performance from Trace Lysette, Monica follows a personal quest that’s as beautifully filmed as it is emotionally resonant.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“Stunning.” (IndieWire)

“A tender examination of the isolation that often comes with the trans experience, Pallaoro’s film arrives as if it descended from the cosmos, just when we need it most.” (The Daily Beast)

“Director Andrea Pallaoro doesn’t burden this delicate tale of reconciliation with long monologues or extensive back stories, and the performances are compelling in their restraint.” (New York Times)

“Placing a uniquely trans story in the center of a well-worn road creates a path to a new sentiment to be granted to a tale that many people have and will face in their life.” (AutoStraddle)

Sunday, May 28
Doors 3:45 pm | Movie 4:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE

Monday, May 29
Doors 8:20 pm | Movie 8:45 pm *SHARP. Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE

MONICA (Andrea Pallaoro, 2023 / 114 mins / 18A) A woman returns home to care for her ailing mother who she hasn’t seen in years in this tender portrait of family, forgiveness, and acceptance.

*Minors OK. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
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A woman reconnects with her ailing mother to find acceptance.

About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604.879.3456

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