Dark Star Pictures unveiled the official trailer for Spanish director Ruth Caudeli’s Petit Mal which opens in theaters on January 27, 2023.
Inspired by her own life, Caudeli also stars in the LGBTQI film alongside Silvia Varón and Ana María Otálora which screened at multiple film festivals including Tribeca, Frameline and over 30 more worldwide.
In Petit Mal, Anto, Marti, and Lai are a throuple blissfully living together in a remote house, with nothing but their beloved bundle of dogs keeping them company. When Lai leaves for a work trip, the balance is thrown off and Marti and Anto must adapt to being just the two of them. Suddenly, the dreaminess of their secluded home becomes isolating, and all they have to rely on is each other. In the spirit of honest and vulnerable openness, this semi-autobiographical blend of documentary and fiction from writer-director Ruth Caudeli is an invitation to experience the intimate details, both unique and universal, of the ups and downs and shifting dynamics in a polyamorous relationship.
Says Caudeli, “I am in a polyamorous throuple. The three of us live happy together. But it was very difficult when we started our relationship. There are no audiovisual or narrative references. We didn’t feel represented on screen and we felt there is a lack of diverse stories about love stories. So I wanted to represent myself and my relationship on screen. And that became a way to represent diverse women as well. That’s why I make movies, to represent what is unrepresented, to show that we as women are different, complex and we need to be written by ourselves. It’s time to tell our own stories.”
Watch the official trailer for Petit Mal.