Volver (2006) - full transcript

Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car. She brings Irene to her apartment, where secrets from the past are disclosed.

Put some stones in the vase
or it'll fall over.

This bloody wind!

Polish the letters well.

There are so many widows!

The women here
live longer than the men.

- Except poor Mom.
- Mom was lucky.

Raimunda, don't say that!

She died in dad's arms,
and she loved him more than anyone.

Burned to death!

That's the worst way to die.

They were asleep.

They didn't even realize.

Even so, how can you say
something like that!


- Is that everything, Mom?
- I'll get the rest.

This is wonderful!

Good Lord!

- Is this Paula?
- Of course.

She's all grown up!

Give her a kiss.

She's got your father's eyes.

- How are you?
- Not good.

Don't say that.

I want to give my grave the once- over.

With this wind, you can't keep it clean.

- It looks lovely.
- Cleaning it relaxes me.

I often come and sit here on my own,
and time goes by.

We're going now,
we have to see Aunt Paula.

- Come and see me afterwards.
- Sure.

How's Paco?

He's fine, he stayed
in Madrid, working.


does Agustina really come
and clean her own grave?

Yes, it's the custom here.

They buy a plot
and look after it all their lives,

like a second home.

- That freaks me out!
- It's tradition here.

- Shall I drive?
- Yes.

Aunt Paula!

Who is it?


- Don't take all day.
- Don't rush me.

I don't like going back
in the dark.

Be nice to Auntie, don't laugh at her.

- All right.
- This house still smells of Mom.

How are you, Aunt?

You're very thin!
Have you had the baby?

- Fourteen years ago.
- Doesn't time fly!

And who are these?

Who do you think?
Sole and my Paula!

The same name as me!

And Sole.

Shall we go into the dining room?

That Sole looks like a right sourpuss.

For Heaven's sake!

...the wind carried
the cinders to the bushes.

The result is the most tragic fire
in the last 13 years.

- Mind if I turn it off?
- No, I can't see it anyway.

Fires are dreadful.

That's how your grandparents died.

- Why did I come in here?
- I don't know.

To talk?

- To get some food?
- Yes!

Look in the sideboard.

I'm very shaky on my pins.

Look, wafers!

Just like mom's.
Eat up.

How was the cemetery?

Your mother is delighted.

Did you scrub the headstone properly?

Of course.

She likes it to be clean.

If she could, she'd clean it herself.

But, of course, she can't.

Of course, she can't.

Don't you feel lonely
in this big house?

You'd be better off in a home,
where you'd be looked after.

I'm fine as I am.

- I'm going to the bathroom.
- Well, go!

You can't live on your own.
I'm worried about you.

How do you manage your meals?

Very well.

Agustina brings me bread,
your mother does the cooking

and if I need anything
I call the store and they bring it...

I'm fine.

What a lovely touch!


It's got your name on it.

Shall we go?


We're leaving now.

I'm so shaky on my pins.

- Don't get up.
- How could I not get up?

Next time I come back,
I'm taking you home with me.

Yes, next time.

What matters is that you come back.

You've gotten very wobbly.

- Take care of yourself.
- I will.

Mind how you go!

We'll do that. I love you lots!

- Shall we go to Agustina's?
- Yes.

Come in!


- How did you find your aunt?
- Bad.


She's gotten very shaky.
I don't know how she copes.

She does very well
without going outside.

She eats a stick of bread every day.
She leaves the money for me.

Let's go onto the patio.

She's in an awful state, love.

She doesn't know what year it is.

She talks about mom
as if she were still alive.

For her, she isn't dead.

She can't accept it.

Sit down for a while.

I'd like to pay you something
to look in on her every day.

I won't accept anything!
I'm very happy to do it.

I'd take her home,

but I'd have to throw
my husband out to make room.

But we have to do something.

Every morning, before I go shopping,
I tap on her window

and I don't move until she answers me.

I keep an eye on her.

I really appreciate that.

I like to think...

someone's doing that for my mother,

wherever she is.

Look! Wasn't she cutting edge then?

The only hippie in the village.

Look at her plastic jewelry.

- They're awesome!
- First- rate plastic.

Every time I smoke a joint
I think of her.

That's a fine example
you're setting for Paula!

- There's still no news?
- Nothing.

It's like the earth swallowed her up.

- And your sister Brigida?
- Her?

She's in Madrid,
she's a big hit on trash TV.

Mom, I'm out of credit!

Good, we'll get a break
from the telephone.

- You can use mine.
- She'll bankrupt you.

In that case, no.

As I was saying,
Brigida is on so many shows

she can put a deposit
on an apartment in Madrid.

And she's going to make a record.

- She always liked singing.
- So did this one.

Remember when you and she,

you must've been thirteen,

went to an audition for child singers?

Hey, you never told me that!

It was your granny's idea.
She was up for anything.

Talking of mothers,
maybe yours hasn't shown up

so as not to ruin
your sister's career.

Mom would love to be on television.

She'd go crazy.

Want some?

I grow it myself. Look at the plants.

We have to leave.

Did you report her disappearance
to the police?

Brigida thinks it isn't necessary.

She's said it so often on TV.

Yes, but you have to report it
to the police, not say it on TV.

I don't know.

In any case, it's not
the first time she's left home.

But never for so long.

It's been over three years.

Don't give up hope.

And take care of yourself,
you don't look well.

Your oleander looks wonderful.

Yes, it didn't get aphids this year.
But I've really lost my appetite.

Maybe it's the joints.

No, if it weren't for them,
I wouldn't eat at all.

Your father's eyes.

A joint makes me feel a bit hungry
and it relaxes me.

Safe journey!

Guess what I saw upstairs
beside the bathroom!


- An exercise bike.
- That freaks me out!

Why would auntie want a bike
if she can't walk?

Exactly, she's lost her mind.

Don't talk like that about her.

She didn't even recognize us.

It's the wind.

That goddamn East wind here
drives people crazy!

The wafers are delicious.

How can she bake those
when she's as blind as a bat?

Hello, Regina.

- Going to work?
- Got no choice, love.

- Why not give her a lift?
- Where are you going?

To the club. If you drop me
in the center that'd be great.

- All right.
- Thanks.

See you later.

- Hi, dad.
- Hi.



Did you have fun?

In the cemetery?
You kidding me?

- Were you having a party?
- Me? What do you mean?

Paula, sit properly. Close your legs!

Will you bring me another beer?

Are you kidding?

Go on, please.

Haven't you had enough?
You have to work tomorrow.

I'm free tomorrow, and the day after too.

How come?

I was fired.

Hang on.

Christ Almighty!

I'll get a job on Sundays,
it's my only free day.

I'll get a job, but let me
watch the game in peace.

You can forget about soccer.
There'll be no more cable.

We're a poor family
and we'll live like one.

Paula, put that phone down!

Your supper's here if you want it.

Are you angry?

I'm worried about my aunt.

She's worse than ever.

She didn't even recognize
Paula and Sole.

- I don't know how she manages.
- But she does.

Leave me be.

What's wrong?

I'm worn out and I have to get up early.

I'll do the work.

Don't be a pest!

Don't call me a pest.


What are you doing here?

- Waiting for you.
- What for?

I called you loads of times
to tell you to buy bread.

I don't suppose you
thought to buy any.

You're soaked.
How long have you been here?

A while.

Where were you? With your pals?

I wasn't anywhere.

Why didn't you answer the phone?

What's wrong?

Is something wrong?

Tell me, what's happened?

Where's your father?



In the kitchen.

What happened?

I was in the kitchen,
with my back to him

and suddenly dad jumped on me.

He was drunk.

I asked him what he was doing
and he said he wasn't my father.

I pushed him away.

But he got up
and put his arms around me.

I pushed him again.

He unzipped his pants.

He kept saying that it wasn't wrong

and that he wasn't my father!

I took a knife from the drawer

and I threatened him

but it was only to scare him.

He didn't believe me.

He said I wouldn't dare

and he jumped on me.

What are you going to do?

I don't know.

Go and change, or you'll get pneumonia.

Remember, I killed him

and you saw nothing, you weren't here.

It's very important you remember that.

Don't open!

Who can it be?

I don't know.

Go to your room.

Raimunda, it's me, Emilio.


Hi there.

I'm sorry, I know it's late,
but I'm going to Barcelona tomorrow.

I want to give you the restaurant keys
in case anyone comes to see it.

I don't mind, It's just I'm never at home.

What about Paco? He's always here.


He finally got a job.
He's starting tomorrow.

Are you hurt?

Women's troubles.

But now that I think about it,

with Paco working
I'll have more free time.

- Give me the keys, I'll sort it out.
- Here.

This is my brother's home number.

The other is my cell phone.

- You're leaving tomorrow?
- In the morning.

Tell me, how much are you asking?
I always liked your restaurant.

It's a pity you didn't like
the owner too.

Emilio, please...

For the lease, five million,
but it's negotiable.

We'll miss you.

And I'll miss you girls.

- Good luck.
- Thanks.

- Is Emilio leaving?
- Yes.

- Go back to your room.
- I want to be with you.

You'll have to help me later.

Don't answer!

It'll be one of your pals.

Answer it, tell them you can't talk.

This is no time to be calling.

I can't talk...

What do you mean? It's your Aunt Sole.

Put your mother on.

It's Aunt Sole.

Tell her I'm busy.

She's busy now.

Put her on, it's important.

Take the phone, Mom.

Sole, I've got a pile of ironing

and I was out working all afternoon.

Agustina rang.

Aunt Paula is dead.

- When?
- A little while ago.

Aunt Paula is dead.

Just a minute ago I was thinking
of bringing her here.

She died all alone!

Don't cry, pet.

Listen, Agustina said
we're not to worry.

She and Squinty will lay her out
before we get there.

Auntie had everything organized.

She even chose her coffin
and paid for everything.

It's incredible that
she was so lucid at the end.

I can't go to the funeral.

I'm truly sorry,

but I'm very busy.

How can you not go!
What will people say!

I can't go, not remotely.

You have to go on your own.

On my own?

No way. You know
I'm terrified of the dead.

But you needn't see Auntie.

I'll tell Agustina to make sure of that.

And if they ask for you?

Say I've had a gallbladder
operation... anything.

I'll go later, but today
it's not remotely possible.

I don't understand you.
Auntie loved you so much.

And I loved her.

I'll explain it to you some day,
and that day, you'll flip.

I'm flipping now.

Take a tranquilizer,
I'm going to take one too.

And you go tomorrow morning.

All right?

I guess...

The door!


You stay here.
Stay here and keep watch.

I hope it hasn't changed
since I worked here.


Stay where you are!


What do you want?

Is the restaurant open?


Give me a hand.

We're shooting a film in the area

and I'm looking for somewhere
we can all eat.

Do you know
any restaurants around here?

How many are you?

25 and 5... 30.

Come on, help me.

I can do it for you, if you want.
We were going to close today.

So, lunch for thirty.

At what time?

We stop at 3:30, and we're very close.

- Around 4:00?
- Yeah.

And, tell me, how much?

Ten euros a head.

That's fine.

I'm sorry I shouted at you,
but you scared me.

- Well, I'll see you at 4:00.
- Sure.

Thanks a lot.

It's 10:00!

- Two kilos.
- Give me another two kilos.

How much are the potatoes?

1.60 for four kilos.

- Give me eight kilos.
- Sure.

Hello, Regina.

Hello, you're carting quite a load!

I have to make lunch for 30.

- Could you lend me 100 euros?
- I'm broke, love.

I've just bought
a chunk of pork this big.

I could use that. I'll buy it from you.

It cost me 10.80, It's all I have!

I'll pay you tomorrow. Come on!

I'll bring it over to you now.

- Thanks, love.
- I'll have to diet today.

It'll do you good.

Hey, Ines! Back from the village?

I got here yesterday. How are you?

Did you happen to bring
any sausages or chorizo?

I certainly did! The sausages are great.

My mother-in-law orders them
specially for me.

- I need a kilo or so.
- Why's that?

- I have to cook for 30.
- Who's coming?

I'll tell you later.

Can I buy them? I'll pay you tomorrow.

- Sure, it's no problem.
- Thanks.

Did you bring anything sweet?

I brought some cookies
that melt in your mouth.

With the way your glucose
and cholesterol are,

I can't believe you brought cookies.

It's my only vice. Three boxes.

You shouldn't eat them.

- What do I do, give them away?
- Sell them to me.

At least let me taste them.

You can eat three or four
but don't stuff yourself.

- Bring them round to me, love.
- I'll do that.


Bye, pet.

Who'd like some pork? It's delicious.

You too?

Some pork? It's delicious.


Is that you?




I have to talk to you.


There, there.

Take it easy.

Where is she?

Upstairs, in my mother's room,

the best room in the house.

I brought her here
to give her a better wake.

Thank you so much.

Come on, we're the principal mourners.

Good afternoon.

I spoke to your sister.
She's just had an operation.

Yes, what timing.

She said you're not to see the body.

Don't worry, you won't have to.

Say hello to Vicenta's daughter.

We'll let her rest a while,
she's very tired.

Come on.

Over here.

It was late at night.

I'd had supper and I was
watching the television.

I heard someone knocking at my door.

I wasn't sure, but just then

I heard the same noise,

and I asked, "Who is it?"

And a voice answered,


I wasn't afraid.

I went outside but I saw no one.

I looked over at your aunt's house

and the door seemed to be open.

I thought it was odd,

so I went in.

I called your aunt

but she didn't answer me.

How could she answer me, poor thing?

I went into her room

and I found her there, in bed,

as still as a little bird!

It was her spirit that warned you.

But was it Paula's spirit
or the other one's?

One of the two.

I can't say who it was, I didn't see.

But just as I'm listening to you now,

someone or something
warned me that Paula had died,

and opened the door so I could go in.

Come into the kitchen.

I bet you haven't eaten yet.


Not since last night, but I'm all right.

I thought as much.

This'll do you good.

Don't give me any more! That's enough.

What did the women mean?

It was just talk.

You know what villages are like.

They were talking about my mother.

Some people say they've seen her.

They say she came back
to look after your Aunt Paula.

Has she not appeared to you?

No. What about you?

No, but those things happen.

I know.

My grandfather, God rest him,
appeared to my grandmother.

At first she was frightened.

Eat up!

Then she asked him what he wanted

and his spirit told her

there was a promise
he hadn't fulfilled.

She carried it out

and the whole village
went with her to the cemetery

where they left my grandfather
so he'd rest in peace.

And he never appeared again.

That isn't just a story I heard.

I lived it.

Do you want to go
into your aunt's house

in case you want to take anything?

No, Raimunda will come later.

Tell her it went very well
and the whole village came.

I'll do that.

I'm going to miss her so much!

Go on.

Let me out, Sole!

Let me out! I'm your mother.

I won't do anything to you.

My mother is dead.

If you're anything,
you're her ghost or her spirit.

Whatever you say,
but get me out of here.

I'm in the trunk of your car.

Really, mom, the things you do!



don't be afraid of me.

I'm your mother.

Aren't you going to give me a hug?

Now, give me a hand.

Take this.

- Auntie's suitcase!
- Yes.

What is all this?

Clothes, and some valuables Auntie had.

A good thing I hid them
before the neighbors arrived.

Except for Agustina,
they all went through everything,

but I'd got there first.

You'll have to give Agustina a gift,
she's been so good.

Better than your sister.

There was such a fuss
when she didn't turn up.

If you'd heard
what Squinty said about her!

Thank heavens you came.

I'm wrecked after the trip.

- Are you sleeping here?
- Yes, where do you want me to go?

What a sight!
I'm not surprised I scared you.

Do you still have the illegal hair salon?

That's how I make my living.

- Is that the guest room?
- Yes, that's it.

Tomorrow, you can give me
a color and a trim.

And I need dark glasses too.

I don't want to be
stuck in the house all day.

I have to go out.

Nobody knows me here.

In the village, I couldn't
even go to the front door.

I need a bit of air.

Are you staying for long?

- You want to throw me out already?
- No, I'm just asking.

I'll stay for as long as God wills,
if you don't mind.

When you tire of me,
you just have to say so.

But for a separated woman,

who's better company than her mother?

Unless you've got yourself a sweety-pie.

No, mom.

I'm alone, like always.

Not anymore.

Answer the phone.

- Are you back?
- Yes.

You were out of range so I rang Agustina.

She said it all went very well.

The whole village came.

I've been thinking about you all day.
I really wanted to be there.

Hang on, Sole.

What do I owe for the drinks?

They're on the house.

- Well, tomorrow, same time.
- Sure.

- The crew were very happy.
- I'm glad.

If you don't mind,
and even if you charge more,

could the helpings be more generous?

Tomorrow, you'll have food
coming out your eyes.

- Great, see you then.
- So long.

Sorry, Sole.

Have you got a job in a restaurant too?

Yes, I've taken over Emilio's place.

Good Lord!

He was sick of it,
but that's not the only news.

Paco has left us.

That's why I couldn't go to the funeral.

We were having a row when you rang.

I knew something was wrong.

Did he hit you?

Paco wasn't violent.

He's just gone,


He'll come back, you'll see.

I doubt it.

Why are you so sure?

You can tell these things.

Well, so long.

So long.


None of the three of us
had any luck with men.

Raimunda and I didn't, but you...

Me, what?

Dad adored you.

Raimunda says that you were lucky,

you died in the arms
of the person you loved most.

Your sister isn't a bad person
but she's got a nasty streak.

I was blind about him

and he cheated on me
until the day he died!

- What do you mean?
- It's true.

I kept that quiet all my life.
I never wanted you two to know.

But let's drop it. I don't want
to talk ill of the dead.

- Is he going to appear?
- I hope not.

And your husband?

What about him?

Might he turn up some day?

I doubt it.

I haven't heard from him in two years.

All the better. It'll just be
the two of us together.

- The pork cost you... 10?
- 10.80.

- I'll give you an extra 3 euros.
- Thanks, love.

And I'll pay you for four boxes
of cookies, not three.


I don't want you to think I'd cheat you.

Could you help me with this?
I can't move it on my own.

- Where are you taking it?
- To the restaurant.

You're the expert in removals.
Where do we?

Get a hold of it,
tip it over, but not all the way.

- Otherwise we won't get it through.
- Is this all right?

Now, straighten up, to the right,
more to the right...

- We can't see anything.
- I'll guide you.

Careful, it'll come this way.

All the way...

Don't rush it.

Are we at the door?

The elevator is here.

Wait, wait. This has to go in straight.

I'll take this end.

You take it.

You're doing fine.

Good Lord! This is tough.


Call it from downstairs.

I want them to see
we don't use frozen food.

It's all natural, fresh every day.

Over to the corner.

- And the other freezer?
- It's broken.

So you're taking over the restaurant?

Yes, at least until the crew
finishes the film.

Then I'll see.

You can count on me.
I make great desserts.

And I can serve drinks at night.

I don't know if we'll work nights,
but I'm counting on you.

- Sure.
- And thanks.


Is there anything you want me to do?

Cut my hair.

I mean,

is there anything

you left undone in life

that won't let you rest in peace?

People always leave things undone,

or done badly,

and I'm no exception.

But I don't know if they can be fixed.

And if they can,

it's up to me to fix them.

My clients will be arriving soon.
What'll we do?

Look after them. I'll help you.

But I can't say you're my mother.
They know I'm an orphan.

- I'll say I'm a foreigner.
- A foreigner?

From where?

Dominican Republic?

No, there are lots around here,
they'd notice your accent.


- Madrid's full of Chinese.
- Who'd believe you're Chinese!

Something we don't have around here.


Do I really look more
Russian than Chinese?

Yes, the Russians are like us.

Look, whatever you hear,
keep your mouth shut.

And don't let them see
that you understand us.

I'll show you how everything works.

In the bedroom, I cut, dry and color,

and here I wash their hair.

If the client is tall, lift this up.
If she's small, put it down.

This towel is to keep you from slipping.

And I keep this here

because up above it's very uncomfortable

and if it's down there

I have to bend down so often
I wreck my back.

I get a lot of backaches too.

And the shampoo is measured out.

Sit down.

- Are you all right?
- Yes.

Just one towel
or the client will feel suffocated.

I'm the same.

And then, with that same towel,

you dry her hair a bit
so it doesn't drip down her back.

It's all so well organized.
You're very smart, love.


She doesn't speak Spanish, she's Russian.

They're in a terrible state.

I took her in out of charity.

When I saw her begging in the street,

she reminded me of my mother.

Don't trust all the old women you see,

especially Russians.
There are lots of mafias.

People take advantage of you.

Are you getting streaks?
Sit down here.

Wash hair, yes.

- She was a hairdresser in Russia.
- How do you communicate?

With signs. She understands
everything. She's sharp.

She'll speak Spanish in no time.

Yes, look at all the top models
who are Russian.


- So, Russian?
- Russia.

The water,

not hot,

not cold.

Very good.


Hey, there.

We have a day off tomorrow.

Then we'll have one too.
We need a break.

And we finish up next week.

We wanted to have the wrap party here.


Do you want a sit-down meal
or a buffet?

A buffet would be great.

And we'd like to have
the terrace just for us.

That's no problem.

Don't look at me like that,
you make me nervous.

Same here.

Go and have a drink, I'm working.

All right.

She's been strange
since she came back from the village.

If she asks you about Paco,
you know nothing.

And it's true.

The less you know the better.

And above all
don't keep thinking about it.


- Are you with someone?
- No.

- I'm going to the bathroom.
- What for?

I'm dying to piss.

It's broken.
I'm waiting for the plumber.

I'll throw some water down,
for Christ's sake! I have to piss.


What's wrong with you?

- I'm at a difficult age.
- You're not the only one.

- I'm going to trim your hair.
- No, I know you.

- Just the ends.
- Less than a centimeter.

Tell me,

has your dad not come back?

No. He said goodbye for good.

That's incredible.
I just don't understand.

It smells of farts!

What's your mother up to?


She's such a pain!
Ever since she was a child.

And in those days
we didn't have a bathroom.

We did it in the yard.

We'd be waiting for her all day.

All day long she'd be in the yard,
with the hens.

This dressing gown...

It's Mom's.

I know that.

And the smell?

What smell?

In the bathroom and here.

It's as if Mom had just been here,
farting her ass off!

Don't you smell it?

The way she used to fart!

And she could never hide it
because she was the first to laugh!

It's as if I can hear her now.

Don't be silly!

Why did you bring these clothes?

No wonder you have nightmares.

You give away dead people's clothes.

Aunt Paula's suitcase!

The antique dolls!

Her jewel case!

What were you going to do with this?


You were going to keep it.

Really, Sole.

Don't get the wrong idea.

I didn't bring the case.

Then why is it here?

When I got to Aunt Paula's house...


I'd never have believed this.

Stealing the few things she had
before she was even in the grave.

What a nerve!

Don't go off like that!

We have to buy another fridge.

Why not fix the one in the storeroom?

It doesn't work.

The motor's making a noise.

I said no one is to go in there,
including you.

The door was open,
I went in for a hammer.

Has anyone else been in?

I don't think so.

You said you'd got rid of him.

I wasn't able to.

You think I like having him in there?

Get dressed, everyone
will be arriving soon.

Why are you still like that?

- I'm not in a party mood.
- Neither am I, but it's work.

Don't be such a lazybones.

Come on, pet, I'll help you.

What's wrong?

I can't forget about it
when he's so near, in the storeroom.

That's the best way to go crazy,
and to drive me crazy too.

You don't know what it's like
to have killed your father.

Paco wasn't your father.

Don't lie to me anymore.

I know you're doing it for me,
but, please, don't lie.

I'm not lying.

He recognized you as his daughter

but he knew he wasn't
your biological father.

So was he telling me the truth?


But that doesn't justify what he did.

I promise I'll tell you everything
another time.

What's the point of sitting here?

Who was my father?

A guy in the village.

Do I know him?

He's dead.

I'll tell you everything.

I swear.

I'll hold you to your word.

- Two mojitos!
- Coming up!

What about you, love? Another two?

With lemon. It's perfect.

We need more glasses.

I can hardly keep up.

Isn't Paula looking pretty?



How delicious!

I can't take any more.
They're really good.

With your cleavage and my mojitos,
we'd make a fortune.

We should start working nights
and try to liven up

this lousy neighborhood.

We'll talk about that. First,
we have to keep this lot happy.

Have a mojito!

Keep down, they mustn't see you!

I'd like to see Raimunda and Paula.

The other day, I only saw their feet.

And look at the fuss you caused!

Is that the restaurant?

She said it was going well
but I never imagined this!

She deserves it.

She's had a hard time.

Stay in the car
and don't let anyone see you.

No one can see me here!

What are you doing here?

This is great!

I've brought you Aunt Paula's things.
I didn't know about the party.

It's a film crew celebrating
the end of the shoot.

I've been catering for them.

Let's put the suitcase away.

Why did you bother?

I'd never have kept anything of Auntie's,

much less hidden it from you.

I know that.
I'm sorry for what I said.

I always shoot my mouth off.

Hello, Auntie.

- You want anything?
- No.

I can see the twinkling
of the lights in the distance

that are marking my return.


How could I forget?

It's so long since I heard you sing!

I've never heard her sing.


Really, never.

- Would you like to?
- What do you think? Of course!

Come on.

I can't believe it.

Sit there.

Be quiet!

Sit down! This woman's going to sing!

Good evening.

I'd like to thank the crew

for the work you've given us
these past weeks.

Thank you so much.

I haven't sung for a very long time

but I'll do it tonight,
and see how it goes.

I'm afraid of the encounter

with the past that's coming back

to confront my life.

Your grandma taught her that song

for the casting for child singers.

I'm afraid of the nights

that, filled with memories,

enchain my dreams.

But the fleeing traveller

sooner or later must come to a halt,

and even though oblivion,
which destroys everything,

has killed my old illusions,

I still retain a humble hope hidden away

and that is all of my heart's fortune.

Coming back

with a wrinkled forehead

and the snows of time

silvering my brow.


that life is an instant,

that twenty years is nothing,

that the feverish eyes

wandering in the shadows
seek you and name you.


with my soul clinging

to a sweet memory

that I weep for again.

Autos Amigos.

I'm calling because I saw your ad.

I need to rent a van.

What kind, and for how long?

The cheapest one you have.
It's just for one day.


Could I speak to Miss Raimunda?


Emilio gave me your number,
so you could show me the restaurant.

I'm very keen to see it.
My name is Carlos.


you should have called earlier

because a neighbor has taken it over.

Emilio didn't tell me that.

That's his strategy, just in case.

Could I speak to the person
who's taken it over?

This is her day off, I'm sorry.

If you call Emilio
I'm sure he'll explain everything.

Thank you.


Emilio? It's Raimunda.

It's great to hear you.
Did a man go to see the restaurant?

Yes, but I didn't trust him.
I think he wanted it as a front.

For what?

For drugs, or to open a brothel.
I don't know.

When I said it wasn't doing well
he said that was even better, so...

Why on earth did you say that?

I've been meaning to call you for days.

I hope you understand.

I know it's not the way to do things

but I've taken over the restaurant.

You? What do you mean?

I can explain it all to you.

You were out of line, way out of line.

You abused my trust.

It's no excuse,

but when the film crew appeared,
I was desperate.

And now that Paco's left us,
you can imagine...

What? Paco's left you?

Yes. We had a huge fight.

He's gone,
and I don't think he'll be back.

He left the same day
you went to Barcelona.

How are you coping?

Me? I'm hysterical.

Clutching at straws.

Well, we'll try to sort it out.

Tell me what I owe for the month
and I'll send it to you,

but give me a few days.

- Hello?
- Raimunda?

Yes, who's that?

It's Agustina. I'm in Madrid
and I'd like to see you.

It's difficult, I'm really busy today.


No, the whole week is a real mess.

Don't say that. I'm in the hospital.

What's wrong?

I've got cancer.
The doctors told me yesterday.

I need to see you.

Tell me what hospital you're in,
I'll come today.

I'm in Central Hospital.

God bless you.

You go up, I'm in a hurry.
Give this to your aunt.

- Hello, Auntie.
- What are you doing here?

Is that your mother shouting?

Come to the window!


I'm leaving Paula with you.

But I'm working.

I have to go to the hospital
to see Agustina. She's got cancer.

What a pity, the poor thing.

Paula is bringing up Auntie's case.
Keep it.

I've got to do a few things
and then I'll come back.

Give my regards to Agustina.

- Tell her you saw me!
- Yes, nuisance.

Can I come in now?

Yes, love.

How are you?

They opened then closed me up again.

- I knew I had something nasty.
- Don't give up hope.

The flowers are lovely!

You shouldn't have bothered.
Leave them there.

I have to ask you a favor.

Whatever you want.

Close the door.

Get a chair.

I won't last very long,

but I don't want to die without
knowing what happened to my mother.

But what can I do?

You can tell me if she's alive or dead.

How will I know?

Ask your mother.

My mother? She's dead!

But she appeared to your Aunt Paula

and looked after her until she died.
The whole village knows that.

If she should appear to you,
ask her about my mother.

That's all I'm asking.

What you're asking me is crazy.

Did you ever see her
with your own eyes?


And you live across the street.

I think she hid from me.

But I heard your aunt talking to her
a thousand times.

If I hear anything, I'll tell you.

But I think it's unlikely.

You owe me this.

It's all I'm asking.

I have to go, I've got lots to do.

Wait, my sister wants to see you.
She'll be here any minute.

Some other day, I'm in a real hurry.

She wants you to go on TV.

You know she works on
"Wherever You Are".

They want to surprise her
and they thought of you.

You were friends as children
and you both went to an audition.

That's enough for several shows,

with interviews, music and songs

from yesterday, from today
and for all times.

Tell her I don't like television.

Neither do I. I'll tell her,
but don't forget what I said.

I won't.

The Russian loves TV.

I don't know if she understands
but she's hypnotized.

There's something about trash TV.

Once I start watching it, I can't stop.

I feel worse and worse but I'm hooked.

It's like a drug.

I had to stop watching it at night.

I couldn't sleep afterwards.

All that shouting drives you crazy.

Do you like dolls?

I like these, they look like
they're from a horror movie.

They're very ancient.

Your mom played with them
when she was pregnant with you.

Why didn't mom live with you?

We were very short on money.

Your granddad went to work
in Venezuela,

I kept Sole

and your mother went to live
with Aunt Paula.

What has she told you?

Nothing, she doesn't like
talking about that time.

Do you get along well?

It's better now,

but at times
she's really stroppy, grandma.

She's got a temper.

How did you get along with her?

When she was little
she was the apple of my eye,

but as a teenager

for some reason I didn't know

she grew away from me

until I lost her completely.

Your mother didn't love me.

It really hurts when a daughter
doesn't love her mother.

That's why,

now that it's just the two of you,

you have to love her very much

and she has to feel that.

Why have you come back?

Because I was very lonely.

Good afternoon.

I need eight meters of
plastic clothes line

and some packing tape.

How much tape?

Four or five rolls.

Very well.

Five rolls.



And a pick and a shovel.

Very well.

How are you, Raimunda?

Fed up.

How's Agustina?

Mad as a hatter.

Hi, mom!

- What's up with you?
- Nothing.

Fetch me a glass of water, love.

Do you mind
if she stays here tonight?

No, but where will she sleep?

In the spare room.

Paco's coming over tonight.
He wants to talk.

I'd like us to be alone.

All right.

You're sleeping here tonight.

I'm off. I've got a long night
ahead of me.

I need a favor tonight.

Can't it wait until tomorrow?

No, but I'll pay you, like any client.

No, love, for you a discount,

but I didn't know you liked pussy.

I don't.

So if you don't want to go
muff-diving, what do you want?

I'll explain on the way.

First, we have to put
the freezer in the van

and take it to a dung heap.

We can't carry that on our own!

We'll ask the neighbors to help us.

Put on something comfortable.

You look like
you're going to explode in that.

It sticks out here.

Get it on the sidewalk.

- It's slipping!
- No, it's not.

Get it parallel to that.

Now, up! One, two, three!


It's in.

- Bloody hell.
- Did you hurt yourself?

Who needs a spleen, anyway?

Where are we going?

To the Jucar River.

Where's that?

180 kilometers away.

What? It'll take us all night
just to go and come back.

I said I'd pay by the hour.

Just to go with you?

To come with me to the river,
dig a hole,

bury the freezer and not ask questions.

Look, I appreciate your trust

but my life's complicated enough!

I have no job, no papers,
I have to work the streets to survive.

Christ, you could have asked me!

I'm asking you now. How much?

You should've asked first.

All right,

give me the nights.

What nights?

The drinks at night, for a month.

And I keep what I make
from my cocktails.

And you buy the bottles.

All right, partner,

but not a word about this.

What can I do? I'm your accomplice now.

Just so you know,
I haven't killed anyone.

Don't tell me anything.

I wasn't going to.

Get out of the way. Give me that.

Oh, my God!

I can't do any more, I'm dead.

Take a break, I'll fill this in.

What are you doing here?

- Can we talk?
- I'm really busy.

Come in.

- How are you?
- The same.

- Have you found out anything?
- About what?

About what I asked you.

I didn't think you were serious.

May I sit down?

Have pity on me.

I do, all the pity you want,

but don't ask crazy things.

All I want is to know
if she's alive or dead!

I understand that
with the wind and the cancer

you've lost your mind,

but you can't complicate
other people's lives.

We've got enough on our plates.

The day your parents died in the fire,

my mother disappeared.

Don't you think
that's a strange coincidence?

No, it's just a coincidence.

You said your mother left
in the morning

and it wasn't the first time
she disappeared.

Your grandmother had to raise you
because she was never at home!

Don't make me say more.

My mother went off that morning

but it was to join your father
in the hut.

That's a lie.

- No one saw her.
- Of course not.

She made sure of that.

My mother was having an affair
with your father.

What are you saying!

My mother would never have allowed it!

That's why she went to live
with your Aunt Paula.

She did that
because my aunt wasn't well

but she never left him.
She went between the two houses.

You don't know, you weren't there

and you hardly had any contact
with your mother for years.

I often heard her complain
you treated her like shit.

Those were her words!

I've heard a lot of things.


I heard a row
between your mother and mine.

Your mother told her
she could have your father,

she didn't care.

And she didn't envy her

because he'd been born
to hurt the women who loved him.

What are you getting at?

That your parents' death

and my mother's disappearance
are connected.

Then why haven't you gone
to the police?

They ask a lot of questions

and we should wash
our dirty linen at home.

That's why I won't go on TV
even though my sister is insisting.

You and I have to sort this out.

I have to get back to work.

Think about what I said.

How's Paco?


He's fine.

Shouldn't we call Auntie
to say we're coming?

She never goes out.

We should warn her.


It's not polite just to turn up
at someone's house,

even if she is your sister.

What's up with you and Sole now?

It's a question of manners.

You and your aunt
are getting on my fucking nerves!

You're so vulgar.

What have you brought, Raimunda?

Food for the three of us.

Why did you bother?

Why are you shouting?
Are you going deaf?

- Yes, I'm deaf.
- Deaf as a post.

We're staying a while,
I want you to cut my hair.

Why didn't you call?
I've got a client.

Don't worry, I'm in no hurry.

And we have to talk.

- About what?
- Aunt Paula's house.

- May I go and watch TV?
- Yes, go on.

We have to sort out
all the paperwork.


I'm here.

Don't make a sound, my mother's here.

I heard her.

Where's the Russian?

- Who's the Russian?
- A woman who's helping me.

I was telling her about
my son being expelled again.

He slashed the tires of the priest
who teaches him religion.

I was telling her
and she left me talking to myself

with my hair half-washed.

She must have gone out.

I don't know,
but she went off like a shot.

I'll finish you off.

She's got claustrophobia

and at times she needs to go outside.

Some help she is.

Do you pay her?

No, I took her in.

She eats and sleeps here.
I gave her mom's clothes.

I don't like you taking in
people you don't know.

We told her that.
People take advantage of her.

Look at the Russian.
She's living in luxury here.

How was Paco the other night?

Unpleasant. He came to get his clothes.

I think he's living with someone,
but I couldn't care less.

Why didn't you tell me
you had a Russian?

I guess I forgot.

That's Agustina!

Good afternoon, Agustina.

Good afternoon.

We know from your sister

that your mother was a single parent.

My mother was a hippie.

That's Agustina!

She never married.

So she practiced free love.

Your mother had a friend

who died the same day she disappeared.

How did she die?

In a fire.

There are lots of fires in my village,

because of the East wind.

Agustina's village is the wonderful
Alcanfor de las Infantas

which, according to statistics,

has the highest rate of insanity
per inhabitant.

Do you think that perhaps
your mother was mentally unbalanced?

When my mother wasn't well,
as she was a hippie,

she'd leave the village.

Until one day she left
and never came back.

Yes, that was almost four years ago.

We're very interested
in that friend of hers who died

the same day your mother
disappeared. Tell us about that.

About what?

We'd like you to tell us about
the woman who died in the fire.

- You know there are rumors...
- I don't believe in rumors.

I'd like you to explain
what you told our producer.

It was something important about
that woman and her husband

that linked them
to your mother's disappearance.

Is that true?

I'd rather...

not talk about that.

Those were suppositions of mine.

But you're here to talk about
that woman and your mother.

I've changed my mind.


What's wrong? You look
uncomfortable, a bit nervous.

I'd like to explain

that Agustina is also here to tell us

that she's got a terminal illness.

Isn't that so?

Agustina has got cancer.

You've got cancer.

But don't be nervous,
you're among friends.

A big hand for Agustina!

Agustina has got a special wish.

To go to a clinic in Houston.

But to go to Houston,
you have to speak out.

Remember, you made
a commitment to this channel.

Agustina came to see me.

She did?

She insists that mom appears to us.

She wants me to ask her about her mother.

She also said that when she disappeared,

her mother was having
an affair with dad.

Do you know anything about that?


Well, mom told me, after...

After what?

After... she found out.

Look at me.

Are there things I should know and don't?


But if I tell you

you'll be annoyed
or you won't believe me.

I promise I'll believe you
and I won't be annoyed.

Mom's been appearing all the time.

To whom?

Sit down.

She was with Aunt Paula until she died.

It was she who called Agustina

and opened the door
so she could find the body.

It was she who put out the money
so they'd bring her bread

and who left everything paid
for the funeral.

Did Agustina tell you all that?

You don't believe me.

Agustina is crazy!

Last time we saw Auntie

you said yourself it was incredible

that she could live like that,
with her mind gone and half blind.


Yes, I do, but what are you saying?

That she wasn't alone.

Who do you think made the wafers
and put them in tupperwares,

one for each of us?

Who do you think took the dolls
and Auntie's valuables

before the neighbors swiped everything?

Now do you understand?

Have you seen her?


Is she, by any chance,

the Russian?


Where is she?

In there.


What are you doing down there?

Weren't you dead?

I've come back to ask you to forgive me.

I knew nothing about it.

I never even imagined it.

Come on, Paula!

My little girl!

The worst is over.

She's seen me

and she didn't reject me, did she?


Did you really come back
to ask her to forgive you?

And also to be with you.

Some day you can explain it all to me.

Yes, and that day
I hope you understand me

and that you forgive me too.

I have to talk to her.

Why don't we go back?



- I've dreamed about this so often.
- So have I.

I don't know where to begin.

You're not a ghost, are you?
You're not dead.

No, love, I'm not.

That's such a relief.

But even if I had died,

I'd have come back
to ask you to forgive me

for not seeing what was going on.

I was blind.

I found out the day of the fire.

Had you really left dad?


I couldn't stand his cheating.

The afternoon of the fire

you rang and spoke to Auntie.

As usual, you didn't ask for me.

I got angry and told your aunt
you were heartless.

As I kept badmouthing you,

your aunt

defended you

and told me everything.

That your father had abused you,

that you'd got pregnant,

and that Paula

is your daughter

and your sister.

I couldn't believe it.

How could such a monstrous thing
happen in front of me

without me realizing it?

Then, I understood everything.

I understood your silence

and why you grew so distant.

I understood why your father
went to Venezuela.

He couldn't cope with the shame
of what he'd done.

I understood

why, after marrying Paco,

you went to Madrid

and wanted nothing to do with us.

I hated you for not noticing anything.

And you were right, love.

When I found out,

I was like a wild thing.

I went to the hut,
ready to scratch his eyes out!

I found him asleep
with Agustina's mother,

both of them worn out.

They didn't see me.

I set fire to the hut.

It was a windy day

and in no time the flames
had devoured everything.

They didn't have time to wake up.

The ashes in your grave

are those of Agustina's mother?



I wandered the countryside for a few days,


like an animal.

I was going to give myself up

but first

I went to Paula's house to see her.

She was in a terrible state.

When she saw me

she wasn't at all surprised.

I came from the past,
where she was living.

She greeted me
as if I had just gone out the door.

With the tragedy,
she lost what little reason she had.

I couldn't leave her on her own,

so I stayed and looked after her

until she died.

In the village they think you're a ghost.

That's the good thing
about such superstitious places.

It was easier for me
to go along with them

than to speak the truth.

I thought I'd be arrested.

I never imagined
that no one would investigate

or punish me,

although all this time

I swear I've been in a living purgatory.

Never better said.

It's too early to go to the village.

We shouldn't arrive in daylight.

Why don't we drive by the river?

It's been so long since I saw it.

It's not what it was. It's dry.

How do you know?

Because there's a drought
all over Spain.

Don't you know?

We used to come here for picnics.
Remember, Raimunda?


There was more water then.

I told you it was dry.

Shall we eat something?

Not for me.

- I'm going to eat a wafer.
- Me too.

This was your father's favorite place.



It was the only thing he missed.

This river.

I'm glad he's resting here.

If Paula were alive

and could see us now,

all together...

She'd be so happy.

Have you always had such a big chest?

Yes, since I was little.

I remembered you having less.

Have you had anything done?

No! What a thing to say!

All right.

Grandma, did you ride the bike?

Yes, half an hour every day.

It's good for blood pressure
and the heart.

What did Aunt Paula say?

She roared laughing.


It's Aunt Paula...

Don't start.

I'll get it.

Hide mom's plate and cutlery.

- Who is it?
- Agustina.

We're having supper.

I'm sorry to bother you.

Don't stay out there.

Thank you.

Good evening.

- Sit down.
- Thank you.

I came to apologize about the show.

You shouldn't have done it.
It wasn't right.

I know that.

It's no excuse,

but they offered
to take me to Houston.

They cure everything there.

But I couldn't do it.

I'd rather die alone in my house,
but at peace,

and able to look you in the eye.

- Mom, I'm going to bed, all right?
- Yes, go on.

- Will you have some supper?
- No, thanks.

I heard you're going to sell the house.

We'd thought about it
but now we're here...

There are so many memories.

Well, I have to go.

Why don't you stay a while?

I have to go to the nurse
to get my injection.

In Madrid they told me
to learn to do it myself

but it gives me the creeps!

Your sister is unforgivable.
Leaving you alone like this.

Don't even mention her.

As I didn't say what they wanted
on television

she's not speaking to me.

She's very angry with me.
But I'm even angrier with her.

With good reason.

I envy you two.

You're so close.


I've longed to see you.

Here I am.

I heard about your problem

and I can imagine how lonely you are.

Very lonely.

If only Paula were here...

I'm here to look after you.

You left the door open.

Don't worry, I closed it.

Did you go to the nurse?

No, I'm very tired. Tomorrow.

Tomorrow you'll be in a lot of pain.

Have you got the medicine
and the needles?

Yes, I bought it all in Madrid.

Good, I'll give you the injection.

I was born in this bed.

My mother slept here.

And in this bed
we held your sister Paula's wake.

I know,

and I'm so grateful.

We have to talk, Irene.

About everything you want.

But don't tell anyone I've come back.

Don't worry.

Thank you for not talking
about me on television.

It's our own business.

That's right,

and no one else's.

Mom, it's me, let me in!

What are you doing here? Come in!

I missed you.

- Are you going to stay here?
- Yes, until the end.

Agustina is very ill.

After what I did to her mother,

the least I can do
is look after her until she dies.

I have so much to tell you.

I haven't told you about Paco
or what I've done.

I'm dying to hear everything,
but go away now.

I'll see you every day.
Between us we'll manage.


I need you, mom.

I don't know how I lived
all these years without you.

Don't say that.

I'll start to cry

and ghosts don't cry.