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Synopsis

Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against his mother's wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.

Cast

  • Emma Dib
  • Armando Espitia

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Trivia

  • Official submission of Belgium for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.
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Metacritic

60
May 14, 2020

Diaz wears his heart on his sleeve and elicits affecting performances from his cast, but his portrait of a country in turmoil feels incomplete.

Metacritic review by Alex Saveliev
Alex Saveliev
Film Threat
80
May 1, 2020

Cesar Diaz’s debut feature is both compact and ambitious, distilling its larger themes into the core story of one young man and his secretive mother.

Fionnuala Halligan
Screen Daily
40
May 1, 2020

Clearly Diaz wanted to make a sotto-voce exploration of a difficult and heavy topic — instead of a histrionic melodrama — but in trying to rein in the emotions, he seems to have practically scrubbed them out completely. The screenplay, also by Diaz, is so predictable that most of the characters simply seem to be going through the motions, with audiences remaining at an arm’s length even during the supposedly cathartic final moments.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter