Directed by Fernando Léon de Aranoa
  • Spain
  • 2010

Laced through with twisted black comedy and subtle social critique, Fernando Léon de Aranoa’s (Mondays in the Sun, Princesas) film about the plight of an immigrant worker living in Spain wickedly subverts the slice-of-life drama and ultimately packs a punch that is as scathingly funny as it is devastating.

Marcela (Peruvian actress Magaly Solier, who also starred in Altiplano) is an immigrant living on the outskirts of Madrid with her boyfriend Nelson who scrapes together their meagre living by selling flowers. Frustrated with Nelson’s limited ambitions, she is on the brink of leaving him when she discovers that she is pregnant. Forced to take another job, Marcela keeps her pregnancy hidden and starts caring for a bedridden old man, Amador, while his daughter and her family are on summer holidays. Initially they are reserved and somewhat brusque with each other but an unlikely conspiracy is formed when they discover each other’s best-kept secret.

Aranoa slyly infuses this barbed morality tale with the golden hues of the Spanish summer, giving the film a lyrical feel that is counter to its sharp, calculated observations about class order and the tenacity and resourcefulness of the dispossessed. - Sydney International Film Festival

Margaly Solier, Celso Bugallo, Pietro Sibille