Endearing second film from Uruguayan Tiger Award winner Nieto. During a strike at the university, Ariel (uniquely played by Felipe Dieste) hears that his father has died. He is forced to return to the provinces to put financial affairs at his father's ranch in order. Nominated for The Big Screen Award.
In 2002, Uruguay is gripped by a financial and political crisis that divides and paralyzes the country. Ariel, a slow-speaking young man with a slight disability, is a member of the students' union and becomes involved in strikes. When Ariel's father dies, he returns to his father's home.
The mortgage on the house is a millstone round Ariel's neck, as are the debts his father has run up, partly to pay for Ariel's education. A dubious business contact and his father's girlfriend - who is increasingly making herself at home there - force Ariel to take care of his father's land and livestock. This makes him a reluctant member of the bourgeoisie he so detests.
Ariel's lethargy and frustration represent a whole generation - perhaps even the whole country. With searching, at times dreamy images, Director Nieto (who won a Tiger Award in 2006 for The Dog Pound) effectively shows how a potentially rich inheritance can be frittered away.