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What’s the nature of the special bond that links together the members of a family? Families share flats, secrets and memories and know each other inside out. They don’t mince their words or always treat each other with respect but they’re still there for one another. They’re at each other's mercy. The same applies to Margarita's family. She lives with her son Axel and his older sisters Antonia, Alejandra and Alicia. Their flat is like a cosy cave where they play music, eat, sleep and argue in the warm lamplight. An intimate family cocoon. The fact that Margarita lives locked up in a room beyond the bathroom is just how things are. The children communicate with their mother through a small window, giving her blankets, DVDs and reading material and celebrating her birthday in the corridor. When she’s eventually had enough, it’s Axel that must decide what to do. It would be tempting to look for some psychological interpretation of these family relationships, but this is hardly obligatory. What’s much more interesting is the peculiar narrative energy that pervades the film, invisible yet ever-present, just like how Axel describes dark matter, the subject of his endless fascination. (Anna Hoffmann)

Production: Servo Cine, Buenos Aires; Imaginaria Films, Bogotá; Un puma, Buenos Aires; Joyce Ventura, Bogotá
Screenplay: Sacha Amaral, Vladimir Durán
Camera: Julian Ledesma
Cast: Camilo Castiglione, Laila Maltz, Mariel Fernandez, Martina Juncadella
Running time: 79 min
Language: Spanish

Photo: © Servo Cine

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