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Best friends Paula (Caro Cult) and Jojo (Nina Gummich) have been inseparable since their childhood on a small island and continue to be everything to one another — though Paula is notably more reliant on Jojo than vice versa. When Jojo decides to go to Tulum for a job and comes back engaged and with a fiance in tow, Paula’s jealousy takes over and she does everything she can to stop the wedding from happening.
The central relationship in the film is one of complications. We don’t really know why Paula and Jojo are best friends, we just know they are. And with that comes a dynamic that doesn’t always make sense, just as some old friendships in life don’t. Paula is needy and corrosive and often bends situations to her needs, while Jojo is calmer and independent and wants to have a life outside of this friendship. I immediately recognized the reverberations of their friendship because it’s similar to some in my own life, and I suspect many people will find themselves in both characters despite the flaws.
Cult’s performance is great and she manages to add depth to a character who could very easily be seen as a girl seeking attention and acting out immaturely. We get hints at Paula’s past struggles — whether it’s as she fails out of law school or that she doesn’t have an existing relationship with her parents — but nothing is ever painted black and white. She is aimless in a way that feels relatable, especially as her best friend seems to be moving into a different life phase and leaving her behind.
That’s not to say there won’t be moments of hating Paula; she oozes jealousy and is downright cruel at some points in the movie towards a friend that doesn’t deserve any of the backlash she’s receiving just for moving on with her life. But it’s a credit to the screenplay and to the performance that we still can empathize with her.