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Running time
110 min.
Spain Spain
Ángeles González-Sinde
Lucio Godoy
Alfredo Mayo
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Tornasol Films
Drama | Drugs. 1980s
Synopsis / Plot
Spain in the 1980s. Pilar, a fortyish, middle-class wife and mother of three, is faced with a great challenge: her 17-year-old son Fito has become addicted to heroin. She feels personally guilty and ashamed, at first. Then Fito slides into crime and her entire family is affected. The justice system is blind to the fact that addicts start out as victims not criminals. Fito's youth is about to go to waste in prisons that, far from rehabilitating those incarcerated, confirm them in a life of crime. Pilar decides that she can no longer suffer in silence. Along with her friend Fina and other parents in similar situations, she begins to fight against drug trafficking in Galicia, where the dealers appear to go unpunished. The new group stages public protests and before long the press gets interested in their campaign. As do the authorities. Arrests are made and a centre for junkies is proposed. Pilar begins to receive death threats. The mounting pressure takes its toll on her relationship with Fina and on her marriage to German. But Pilar is determined to stay the course. She owes it to her son...
2005: Festival Montreal: Best Actress (Adriana Ozores)
2005: Festival Málaga: Best Director, Best Screenplay
2005: Montréal World Film Festival: Best Actress (Adriana Ozores)
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