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Is it possible to reconstruct family and social bonds after having spent years in jail? Martín Boulocq explores this conflict through Humberto, a religious man who’s passionate about opera and leaves prison with a specific aim—strengthening his bond with his teenage daughter, who lives in a gated community with her grandparents from her mother’s side, two famous and wealthy evangelical pastors. The religious ceremonies, as well as other scenes that take place indoors contribute, in their baroqueness, to the film’s density—the shots are filled with detail, there’s a predominance of low lights, multiple shades of blue shine. An event from the past marks Humberto and the film—the death of the daughter’s mother, who suffered from depression. The details of that death are left rigorously out of field; the responsibility of Humberto and his in-laws is a mystery that beats at the heart of the film.
Martín Boulocq was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1980. He studied film and in 2005 he directed his first feature, The Most Beautiful of My Very Best Years, which screened at such festivals as San Sebastian and Locarno. Later, he made the features The Parents (2011) and Eugenia (2017, 32nd Festival).