The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: PUERTO RICO
Run Time: 97 minutes
Isabel spends her days in the same repetitive routine: cooking, scrubbing dishes, hanging laundry, and caring for her dying husband, Mario. When he finally passes, loved ones fill the funeral home, including a gossipy circle of elderly women praising Isabel’s ornate floral arrangements and freshly pressed casket linens. Veiled in excessive flattery, heavy persuasion, and religious guilt, the gals have a proposal for Isabel: use your God-given creativity to help us give members of our community a thoughtful, customized funeral experience. Reluctant at first, Isabel begins creating elaborate décor and personalized pieces for visitation services to suit the desires of the deceased. When Isabel attends one of the more intimate rituals organized by the ladies, she’s shocked to find their well-meaning intentions may have gone too far. A thought-provoking, compassionate story of the care we receive versus the care we deserve in our final years, PERFUME DE GARDENIAS portrays a group of selfless women doing what they feel is the best way to support their sick, aging community. —A.B.
Westfield Studio Theatre
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 11:55 AM
Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 2:25 PM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
46th CIFF College Program
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Pedro Juan López
Juan Soto Taborda
Luz María Rondón, Sharon Riley, Katira María, Carmen Nydia Velázquez, Flor Joglar de Gracia, Milagros Ortíz, Abner Rivera
This film is presented with the generous support of DEBRA S. GOLD, in honor of EILEEN GOLD and the "PLEIADES"—the strongest capable women.