SynopsisMontevideo, Uruguay. Jacobo, a 60-year-old man, lives alone since the death of his mother, of whom he took care up to her last day. All he has in life is a humble sock factory about to go out of business.
Marta, 48, Jacobo’s right hand, has worked for him for twenty years. She is the most experienced employee, an acting supervisor who also assumes other tasks, such as keeping Jacobo out of trouble. Over the years, they have developed a relationship of mutual dependence. Neither of them could live without the other. Nonetheless, their day to day relationship seems cold.
Jacobo never talks to Marta about anything other than business matters. She tried to change that for some time but then gave up, resigned.
Herman, 55, is Jacobo’s younger brother. He is married, has two daughters and a prosperous sock factory in Brazil. He has not been to Montevideo in twenty years. He did not even come for his mother’s funeral.
A year after their mother’s death the matzeiva is celebrated, a tombstone is placed at her grave. Herman tells Jacobo he is coming for the matzeiva. Jacobo asks Marta to pretend to be his wife during Herman’s visit. Herman was always very competitive with his brother, and always won. This time, Jacobo wants at least a tie.
Marta sees Jacobo’s request as proof that she is more than just an employee to him. It is, she thinks, the reward for so many years of fidelity, and a chance to shake Jacobo out of the loneliness he has chosen for so many years.
Marta moves into Jacobo’s apartment, where there are still signs of his now-deceased mother and her terminal illness. Marta is more excited than Jacobo about fooling his brother. Herman must pay for abandoning Jacobo, his mother and the factory.
- Juan Pablo REBELLA - Director
- Pablo STOLL - Director
- Gonzalo DELGADO GALIANA - Screenplay
- Juan Pablo REBELLA - Screenplay
- Pablo STOLL - Screenplay
- Barbara ALVAREZ - Director of Photography
- Gonzalo DELGADO GALIANA - Set Designer
- PEQUENA ORQUESTA REINCIDENTES - Music
- Fernando EPSTEIN - Film Editor
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