Geraldine Chaplin Shines In The Thoughtful And Sensitive “Sand Dollars”

July 20, 2016 — Anne (Geraldine Chaplin) is  an older woman who has retired to the Dominican Republic where she can live out her life in relative security and comfort. But her existence is unsatisfying and empty — except for the emotional draw she feels towards a much younger woman named Noeli (Yanet Mojica).

Noeli is accustomed to trading sex for money and gifts — it is how she has supported herself. In addition, she uses the money she earns and the gifts she receives from her “clients” to support Yeremi, her lover.

Her relationship with Anne is, for Noeli, a longterm one. Anne has been paying for Noeli’s affection for more than three years. During that time, Noeli has passed Yeremi off as her brother.

Anne is hopelessly in love with Noeli. She keeps her by providing material goods, cash — and with the promise of a visa. But she is well aware of the fact that Noeli doesn’t love her back. She is also aware that her passion for the girl is an obsession that is not good for her — but that knowledge does not alter her feelings.

The relationship between these two women, with its lack of balance — Noeli has youth and beauty, Anne has wealth, education and social position — is the basis for this sensitive and beautifully realized drama. That balance will continue to shift as the relationship becomes more complicated and harder to pin down. 

The critically acclaimed and award-winning Sand Dollars was a festival favorite.

“Geraldine Chaplin’s riveting performance adds depth to this remarkably sensitive, nonjudgmental portrait of an unequal lesbian relationship.” Variety

Sand Dollars is available on Blu-Ray and DVD.
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