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The Garden Left Behind (2019)




Critic Consensus: The Garden Left Behind draws on one immigrant's journey to offer graceful, thought-provoking commentary on timely sociopolitical themes.

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The Garden Left Behind traces the relationship between Tina, a young Mexican trans woman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina's transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.


Edward Asner
as Dr. Cleary
Alex Kruz
as Jason
Dawn Young
as Miriam
Frances Lozada
as Officer Gottilla
Brock Yurich
as Chester
Amanda M. Rodriguez
as Lily M. Villahermosa
Pablo González
as Magic Brandon
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Critic Reviews for The Garden Left Behind

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (1)

It's one thing to decide to make a movie about the struggles of the transgender community and violent attacks on it. But it's far harder to turn that message into a film as natural and graceful as The Garden Left Behind.

March 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Flavio Alves' The Garden Left Behind captures the complexity of an undocumented trans Latina's life in Queens.

July 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Boasting strong production values despite an obviously low budget, The Garden Left Behind is a little film with a lot on its mind. Yet it is not a didactic film about trans life, thank God. (Includes video interview with director Flavio Alves)

July 7, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Regrettably, the movie's general indistinctness only adds to its sense of emotional exploitation.

July 2, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A few scenes feel a bit staged, some dialogue is too wooden, and the ending feels forced and telegraphed. Nevertheless, the depiction of the transgender world for these women of color captures profound, lived-in experiences.

June 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Representation like this on screen is so important: it opens the door to discussion and acceptance, stimulates understanding, lessens discrimination, and fosters kindness across the globe.

June 17, 2020 | Rating: 3.5 / 5 | Full Review…

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