Luzmila and Peta are two sisters who come from a modest environment and work as housemaids for Alicia and Carmen, two aristocratic ladies of Peru.

They are almost considered a part of the family or, at least, that’s what it seems… But one day, as the city is taken over by violent protests, a birthday celebration gathers all the members of both families together. A long-held secret involving both households — upstairs and downstairs — is suddenly revealed, blowing up the bubble of their perfect aristocratic world forever.


Original title: Las mejores familias

Director: Javier Fuentes-León

Country: Peru, Colombia

Year: 2021

Length: 99′

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Cast: Tatiana Astengo, Gabriela Velázquez, Gracia Olayo, Grapa Paola

Genre: Comedy

Rating: A – Recommended for all audiences

Director’s Bio:  Javier Fuentes-León was born in Peru. He studied film directing at CalArts in Los Angeles. His filmography includes Contracorriente (2010), El elefante desaparecido (2015), and The best families (2021). He is currently the head writer for Netflix’s first TV series production in Peru, based on the antidoping case of Peruvian soccer star Paolo Guerrero.



Saturday, December 4: Alianza Francesa Room at La Manzana, Santa Ana. 6:30 PM, Available in digital VOD for Panama.


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