From Feb 11 through 17, 2011.
South American immigrants working in Spain, builder José María and housekeeper Rosa have been together for a few weeks and are very much in love. Rosa’s bosses, Señor and Señora Torres, an elderly couple occasionally visited by their grown up children, leave their home on a trip. The volatile José María spends a few days at the run-down mansion, fantasizing about what life with Rosa could be.
When a violent confrontation with his foreman results in the other man’s death, José María flees to the mansion, without telling anyone. Hiding in the vast, abandoned attic he begins a secret life – half voyeur, half ghost – stealing food at night, always hidden, with only the rats for company. He listens, he watches, ever aware of the risk of discovery.
From the shadows he observes the sad, blighted lives of Señor and Señora Torres. And he observes the daily routine of Rosa’s working life. The Torres family is fond of its servant, but also subject her to verbal and physical abuse. José María, unable to act over the abuse of Rosa, grows anger for the Torres family.
Discovering a second phone line, José María calls Rosa without revealing his whereabouts. They start a new ‘Long Distance’ relationship, both yearning for the day when they can be together again. But a shocking revelation forces José María to remain in hiding.
Starring Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Martina García, Concha Velasco,
Xavier Elorriaga, Alex Brendemühl and Iciar Bollain. Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134