Babygirl tells the story of Lena, a young girl in the Bronx who goes through the battle of trying to expose her mother’s creep boyfriend Victor. All of this would have gone smoothly had it not turned into a bit of a love debacle that drags Lena down as she tries to figure out what to do. Lena, played by rising starlett Yainis Ynoa, does a great job of portraying the emotions that go along with any 16 year old girl. The story follows her as she makes good and bad decisions, and tries to remain positive in a very dreary outlook.
Co-starring in this film are Rosa Arredondo, Lucy, and Flaco Navaja (Victor), amongst others. I have to be honest when I say I was a bit creeped out by Victor and Lena’s relationship, or lack-there-of. I think that was the point of the writers though. Flaco portrayed Victor as the creep he definitely should have been labeled as, but also showed emotion through his character that tells of his acting abilities. Rosa also did a great job portraying a mother who, at times, wanted to be more of a friend than a parent. It was hard watching her make mistakes that could have easily been avoided had she stopped and though about her actions.
This coming of age story is one that probably stands true to a lot of kids today. While I have never experienced it, I can imagine the amount of people who could relate to Lena and having to struggle through situations far beyond their years. Director Macdara Vallely did a fantastic job with bringing these characters to life and depicting a story so true to the society we live in today. A great job and a good story for a rainy afternoon stuck at home.