A Family Submerged
Grief can makes us strong and fragile at the same time. This happens to Marcela, a mother of three who, after her sister Rina dies, must clean out her apartment. She seems perfectly capable of handling everyday problems and family quarrels, only to break down when helping her son with his homework.
Then she is contacted by Nacho, a friend of her youngest daughter who has been laid of from work and who is interested in taking over some of Rina's books. The two develop a very intimate friendship. Meanwhile, Marcela seems to be seeing and hearing people and phenomena that do not belong to our reality. Is she starting too lose it? Or is she finally starting to understand her real place in the family?
A Family Submerged depicts an ordinary woman in an extraordinary situation. That director María Alche is herself an actor, is clear throughout: Every line of dialogue and every interaction seems completely believable and authentic, even when the film crosses over the threshold to pure mystery.
This text is from the Films from the South Festival, where the film had its Scandinavian Premiere.
"A Family Submerged takes us on an exhilarating odyssey through the inner world of its protagonist, viewed from another level of perception."
"Strange and disquiet, A Family Submerged is masterfully orchestrated delusion as memory and past collide with higher planes of perception and eternity."
Original title Familia sumergida
Director María Alche
Producer Bárbara Francisco
Production Company Pasto Cine
Norwegian co-producer Turid Øversveen
Norwegian co-production company 4 1/2
Runtime 1h 31m