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Lu and Fati are teen mums living in a religious shelter in Buenos Aires. Arriving from Italy to take her final vows, Sister Paola will take care of the baby when one of the girls runs away.

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Title: Maternal
Year: 2019
Directed by: Maura Delpero
Premiere & awards: Locarno Film Festival 2019, International Competition, Jury Special Mention, Europa Cinemas Label, Prize of Ecumenical Jury, Second Prize of the Junior Jury
Produced by: Campo Cine – Argentina dispàrte – Italy Vivo film – Italy
In co-production with: Rai Cinema – Italy
Countries: Argentina, Italy


The Hogar is a paradoxical world in which the precocious maternity of a group of teens lives together with the vow of chastity made by the nuns who welcomed them, between rigid rules and Christian love. Sister Paola has just arrived in Buenos Aires from Italy to finish her novitiate and take her final vows at the Hogar, an Italian religious centre for teen mums in Buenos. Lu and Fati are 17-year-olds abruptly converted into mothers. Three different women who will influence each other's lives and their relationship with motherhood.

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