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Spanish with English subtitles

With Marietere Vélez, Mario A. Morales, Ángel Manuel

Why you must see this film. Because it is an achievement for Puerto Rican cinema. It provokes a heated and productive conversation about mental health and health insurance systems. With a good pace and a compelling script, it is a film that we highly recommend!

Olivia is getting ready for her family’s Christmas Eve party. But her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) voice in her head, which has been under control for some time, suddenly returns, prompting a desperate search for the pills that have helped her in the past.

The lack of health insurance forces Olivia to reach out to her friend Jessica – whom she met years ago in a mental institution. Jessica introduces her to David, the town’s pharmacist’s son, who agrees to sell her the pills.

Trapped inside David’s apartment by a rainstorm, the two strangers start uncovering truths about each other and begin a healing process that doesn’t necessarily involve pills.


“An untypical Christmas movie that is refreshingly saccharine free. I loved the imagery and Puerto Rican Christmas carols, which make it another unique feature for your holiday viewing. This is an insightful drama with great performances and wildfire of talent on display.” – Michael Talbot-Haynes, Film Threat

Without Prescription offers a glimpse into the daily struggles of OCD sufferers. It illuminates a condition which is often misunderstood but is in fact isolating and overwhelming, and incredibly difficult to control. The film confronts and corrects these misconceptions and alludes to other mental health problems to suggest that, by being open about our mental health, we can start to heal.” – Izzy Hollingdale, Sounds and Colours

“This newest addition to Puerto Rico’s filmography dares to paint a story that is so human it’s both intimate in nature and explosive in its commentary.” – Josie Meléndez, Screen Speck

“Maite’s tasteful direction in Without Prescription is why this involved story works so well. She manages to build an intimate setting with such an obstructive disorder that it’s hard not to become immersed by Olivia’s healing process and her fight for mental freedom.” – Patrice Witherspoon, Pop Culture reviews

About the Director
Juliana Maité, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She completed her studies in Drama and Film at the University of Puerto Rico, Hunter College (NYC), and L’Univerttá Cattólica (Milán). In 2012 she graduated from the EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba). She is known for her diverse films: from intimate dramas and light comedies to fantasy and horror films. Without Prescription is her second feature film.