This award winning film "The Blue Diner." Set in the Latino neighborhoods of Boston and performed in both English and Spanish, the film centers around Elena (Lisa Vidal), a Puerto Rican woman pressured to both assimilate into Anglo society and cling to her cultural heritage. Her mother Meche (Miriam Colón) hardly speaks a word of English and yet she encourages Elena’s relationship with her employer’s son Brian (Jack Mulcahy), who needs translation for all but the most rudimentary Spanish. And Meche vehemently rails against the charismatic Tito (Jose Yenque), insisting that he wants to marry Elena only to gain U.S. citizenship. As the sole bilingual employee at her job at a casket manufacturer, Elena must constantly negotiate between the English-speaking owners and the Spanish-speaking workers and customers. Even as she walks down the street, she finds herself constantly reminded of the pull the two cultures exert on her.
And then the unexpected happens. Elena suffers a minor stroke that causes a lesion in the language center of her brain, resulting in some rather unusual symptoms. While perhaps not psychologically likely, the symptoms make perfect metaphorical sense, as they render her unable to successfully bridge the gap between the two cultures. Everyone she meets has a different theory about what her symptoms mean, how they were caused, and how they can be resolved.

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