Synopsis: After her son goes missing, a broken mother returns months later to the island of El Hierro to identify a body. She finds out her son is not the only one missing.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Gabe Ibáñez
Production: Madrugada Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
94 min

Mateo, sit properly!

Where are we going?


I left all the samples on your desk.

And the latest reports on Tank 4,

in case you need them.

You already told me.

All right.

You know I can be by myself

for a couple of weeks.

Yes, I know.

If the female isn't better

in five days, please call me.

I can't wait for you to go.


- Mama!

- Hi, honey.

- How was it? How are you?

- Fine.

Fine? What are you making?

- A plasticine fish.

- Really?

It looks great.

Where's Aunt Laura?

Aunt Laura has been looking

for the ball for ten minutes.

Here you are, dear.

I almost missed picking him up

because of the traffic jam.

We were nearly late

for the dentist's office.

I put the date of the next check- up

inside the bag.

Feel here.

Don't you dare have it

before we get back.

I'll do my best.

- Has he had his afternoon snack?

- He didn't want to.

You didn't?

- Are you ready?

- Yes.

Have you got your bag?

- You look handsome.

- I got dressed by myself.

That's good.

I'll get it.

Diego, never mind.

Come on out.

I found it.

You found it!

You're a treasure, you know?

Will you lend it to me?

Yes, but promise me

you'll take care of it.


- I put it on by myself.

- Let me see.

Shall we go?

Are you looking forward

to getting on the ship?

It's not a ship, it's a ferry.

- How do you know that?

- My aunt told me.

- Did she?

- Yes.

Are you looking forward

to getting on the ferry? You are?

This is your first time on one.

But I've drawn lots of them.

- Who lives in the sea?

- The fish.

Yes, but which fish?


- What else?

- Dolphins.


Orange fish.


Let's go inside.

Soon I'll have to show you

how to tie your shoelaces.

How soon?

Very soon.

Look, Mum.

Where are they going?

On holidays, like us.

- When do we get there?

- When we get there.

- When are we going to swim?

- Straight away.

But you've got to put

your rubber ring on.

- Do you have a rubber ring?

- No. I know how to swim.

Can I go play?

Aren't you tired?

Well, take this off.

We thank you for the trust

you have placed in us

and wish you a happy stay.

Attention all passengers.

A 5-year-old boy has been lost.

He has dark hair

and is wearing a brown jumper.

Do you think Diego might've gone

to an outdoor section?

- No, not without me.

- We'll reach the island in no time.

Once there, we'll empty the ship

and search for your son thoroughly.

You're letting everyone off the ship?

It'll be easier

to look for him that way.


Come with me, please.

- We need the passenger list.

- We've asked for it.

- What about the other patrol?

- Send it inland.

- Give me that, please.

- It just came in.

Go ahead.

And the number plates for caravans?

What are you waiting for?

- A checkpoint here.

- Right.

- Check these trucks too.

- Yes.

What phone number do we put down?

The one on the card?


Would you like to add

another number, just in case?

- Your husband's or a relative's...

- I don't have a husband.

One number is fine.

For the moment, we can't do any more.

I'm so sorry.

Do you remember how bad

the female was?

She's adapted perfectly now.

In fact, they're thinking about

bringing in two more.


It adapted overnight.

- Did you go to the pool today?

- Yes.


Don't push yourself.

You need time

to overcome your phobia.

Yes, I know.

But if I don't work

or sleep, I'll go crazy.

- But you are working.

- Yes, I fill graphs with data.

I need to be in the water.

- What shall we play?

- Hide and seek?

I don't like hide and seek.

- Why not?

- Because you might not find me.

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Javier Gullón

Javier Gullón (born September 1, 1975) in Logroño (La Rioja) is a Spanish screenwriter. He garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards for Enemy, and a Goya Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 27th Goya Awards for Invader (Invasor).His other films have included Out of the Dark, Hierro and Aftermath. He has been married to Ayako Fujitani since 2016. more…

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