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- 128 min.
- Year of Production:
- Josean Bengoetxea
Jose Cruz Gurruchaga
- Production Company:
- Berdindu; Ilusión Óptica; BitArt New Media
- Berlinale Section:
- Berlinale Category:
- Feature Film
The valley of Arratia in August 1991. Ander, a farmer well into his forties, lives with his sister Arantxa and his old mother in a remote part of rural Basque country. His is a monotonous life filled with nothing but farm work and a job at the local bicycle factory. It won’t be long before Arantxa gets married and leaves home and then Ander will be left to look after their stubborn mother on his own. Then one day Ander has an accident and breaks his leg. His limb will be in a plaster cast for two months. Against his mother’s wishes, the family decides to employ a Peruvian immigrant, José, in order to help out.
The arrival of the new farm hand has an influence on interpersonal relationships within the family. The old woman, who barely speaks any Spanish, refuses to communicate with José, but Arantxa and Ander soon get to know José quite well. The two men in particular become firm friends. After attending Arantxa’s fiancés’ stag night the men both wind up having sex with a prostitute, Reme.
Reme is from Galicia. She is a single mother and very much an outsider, which means that she and José quickly bond. Without realising it, Ander also begins to seek out José’s company more often. When he invites José to Arantxa’s wedding this leads to a serious clash with his mother. And then, at a completely unexpected moment, a sexual encounter occurs between the two men…
FILMOGRAFIE Roberto Castón (selection)