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Blue Diner, The



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Blue Diner, The
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This film about food, memory, language and caskets, is the story of a Puerto Rican mother and daughter living together in Boston and the difficulties they encounter when the daughter, Elena, mysteriously loses her ability to speak Spanish, her first language. Everyone has a theory about the origin of Elena's misfortune, but no one knows for certain what has caused the tragic and absurd event. As Elena's language disappears, her boyfriend's painting inexplicably appears at the Fine Arts Museum, where her mother works. In a misguided attempt to obtain an artist's visa, his actions unleash a world of misunderstanding and trouble for Elena and her mother. As the relationship between mother and daughter deteriorates, the two women are forced to confront each other and their murky past. A haunting song, a missing father and a plate of fried brains help to reunite Elena, her mother and her language.

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Chicago: “Blue Diner, The,” 11/01/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D21A80F0323C4BBD8787565E92F7F525.
MLA: “Blue Diner, The.” 11/01/2001. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D21A80F0323C4BBD8787565E92F7F525>.
APA: Blue Diner, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D21A80F0323C4BBD8787565E92F7F525
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