‘Ludi’ (2021) | SXSW ’21 | Movie Review

‘Ludi’ is a hardworking and exhausted nurse, battling coworkers, clients and one impatient bus driver to learn her self worth as she chases the American Dream in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. She is working as many shifts as possible, but her work doesn’t allow any other side nursing jobs preventing her from working any more than the hours she’s given. After she gets an offer she can’t refuse for private nursing, Ludi will be caught between lying to support her family or losing it all.

Shein Mompremier is wonderful as Ludi, you feel her anxiety and frustration with not being able to provide enough for her family. Yet she still has an inspiring speech about why she loves America that is very powerful in the story. When she ends up taking this private job looking after George (played by Alan Myles Heyman) you get to look at working with someone with dementia, and the struggles with that as well. Alan Myles Heyman also does a great job in the film.

Ludi has a life that is hard, yet she has a drive and passion that many born in the U.S. would not be able to reach. The film kinda drifts from being more of a drama towards the 2nd and third act when the first act builds almost like a suspense as far as he interactions at work. I wouldn’t mind getting to see that tone interwoven into her scenes with George. The ending with leave the audience a little torn as it did me, but it is a narrative switch-up that I also admire the director going for.

Overall, ‘Ludi’ is a look at the struggles of an immigrant struggling to provide for her family back home, but has a hard time striking the right tone for the messages the director wants to send.

Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

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