Intriguing approach to post-death family feelings and interaction. Love the colours and the overall greenish look to the film - so Oz - great acting and the soundscape was very good. I found this quite hard to follow and didn't understand the protagonist's visions of the elderly folk. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and could feel it's brilliance, even if over my head and the ending was very beautifully done and moving.
Life goes on as a woman clears out the apartment of her recently-deceased sister. Similar to a cluttered house that looks well-lived-in, the relationships of the family felt complex, with old conflicts and remembered moments. The film did not provide context for many of the story's events, and so I feel that I eavesdropped on the characters rather than knowing them. A well-crafted experience rather than a story.
I appreciated seeing a movie from the point of view of a middle-aged woman, with her adolescent kids and long-standing marriage on one hand and death, memories and a younger lover on the other. I loved the randomness of her memories, fantasies and hallucinations and the creativity of her family and of her relationships. No telling what was "real" here and no necessity.
The lead actress is simply excellent in this film. She holds the heavy, dream like atmosphere with ease, and takes the viewer with her through the textured, cluttered spaces of the film. The rolls of fabric, the towers of boxes, and the lush foliage. Her sister's life spills into her own and the result is mesmerising.
3.5 Deceptively deep look at the ghosts of the past that haunt us and affect relations with those we're close to in ways that they, and we, don't often consciously perceive. Some of the acting had a "stage" feel to it, which worked (for me) to evoke a sense of magical realism.
Quirky, whimsical, and enjoyable. Love how the mess of her family life continues despite her sister's death; she must go through the motions of being everyone's helpmate, no matter her own mental condition. The wandering dead relatives are reminiscent of an Almodovar movie, though without his device of making them major characters. The trip to find the plot of land is the best part: loved that dancing scene.
We carry so many memories from the past and so many shared experiences with those we grow up with. Ultimately the protagonist loses more than just her sister, she loses her the only reliable link she has to her childhood and of the people in her past. Cinematography is sublime, Louvart's imagery is a joy.
Following the loss of her sister: Rina, the main character Marcela explores death as a concept as well as losing one of her closest companions. The movie develops naturally, giving off a somber and sad tone while depicting the sense of loss and the need for an escape. As Marcela carries on with her normal day life, she is forced to deal with the loss of her sister. A well shot and developed film. Highly recommend it
Alché & DOP Louvart created a vivid atmosphere. For me the story doesn't fully cohere, so I find the film more interesting than compelling. In interview, Alché offers an intuitive flood of ideas (a significant one not conveyed on screen). If it is about many things, is it about anything? Delight in detail & abstraction can limit the discretion of overview. Morán's gravity pulls it together to an extent.