I saw this the other day but needed some time to let it marinate...
In Lingua Franca, Isabel Sandoval deftly designed a relevant, beautiful, authentic, straightforward-yet-profound, empathetic, and necessary film about an undocumented trans Filipino caregiver navigating paranoia and would-be suitors to obtain a green card.
What really enhances the material to the point of "greatness" for me is how the narrative is imbued with an unmistakable sense of aplomb unique to Sandoval's incisive vision.
Part and parcel of the aforementioned is a multilayered sociopolitical critique that's clear (admittledly flirting with heavy-handedness) but also subdued in ways that really worked well for me.
I appreciate the fuck out of Sandoval for her brilliant voice, insight, and multi-talented filmmaking prowess - she wrote, directed, edited, produced, and starred in this!
I impatiently wait more from her. I highly recommend checking this out as well as her powerfully sensual, poetic, and hypnotic short Shangri-Li!