Julieta’s three houses in Madrid, at the three
different stages in the story:
House 1 is the one she shares with her daughter Ant.a,
after Xoan’s death. 19, Fernando VI, Third Floor. From
1998 to 2006-2007.
House 2 is the one to which she moves, after throwing
out all the reminders of her daughter. A neutral, ugly
neighborhood far from the center. Shortly after, Ava
dies and Lorenzo appears in her life. 2006-2007 to
House 3 is in the same building as House 1, 19,
Fernando VI, Second Floor. Julieta moves there
immediately after her encounter with Beatriz. At that
moment she decides to stay in Madrid and not go to
Portugal with Lorenzo. From 2016 to the end.
1. MADRID. JULIETA’S HOUSE 2. INT. IN THE MORNING.
A red fabric fills the screen. Over it appear the
opening credits. At first it gives a sensation of
stillness, but with the insistence of the shot we
discover that the fabric is moving, a slight, rhythmic
movement. We discover that the fabric is the front of a
dress and that Julieta’s heart is beating inside it.
Julieta, an attractive woman of 55, independent and
full of determination, a mixture of timidity and
daring, fragility and courage. Blond. She is sitting
next to a bookcase, surrounded by cardboard boxes, the
kind used for moving house. She picks up a sculpture of
naked, seated man, with the color and texture of
terracotta (some 8 inches high), and wraps it carefully
in bubble wrap. She places it in one of the cardboard
boxes that contains art books, a framed photo with
Lorenzo, a book of photos by Nan Goldin, items that she
doesn’t want to get rid of.
In front of the shelves on which books are piled up in
various groups, Julieta tries to decide which she’ll
put into boxes and which she’ll leave. A great number
of the books have to do with Classical Greece,
Mythology, Art, etc. Juliet also puts in the box a
novel by Lorenzo Gentile, “Adi.s, Volc.n”, on the cover
of which there is a sculpture by Ava, as we will
discover in due time, also a naked, seated man.
The walls of the apartment are painted white. A sober
space with little furniture. Bright and comfortable.
Few decorative elements and the few that we see have to
do with Lorenzo. In one corner there is a large writing
desk and, hanging in the angle formed by the wall,
there are three posters. The rest of the walls are
bare. A self-portrait of Lucien Freud announces a
portrait exhibition in London, another poster by the
hyper-realist painter Antonio L.pez shows the deserted
Gran V.a in Madrid. The third poster is for the
spectacle “The Old Woman” by Bob Wilson. The three hang
in their frames on the walls.
Julieta goes over to the writing desk and opens a side
drawer. She rummages in the bottom of the drawer until
she finds a blue envelope, the size of a Christmas
card, the texture of which shows that it has been kept
for several years, an old envelope. She takes the
envelope out of the drawer and looks at it. The intense
blue of the envelope contrasts with the red of the
dress she is wearing. Juliet holds it up for a moment,
she doubts about putting it in the removals box.
Finally she decides to throw it in the wastepaper
basket. The wastepaper basket already contains a jumble
of papers and cuttings, the result of the clean-out she
The entry phone rings. Julieta goes into the kitchen,
answers and then opens the door out to the landing. She
goes back to the far end of the sitting room, next to
the bookcase, and continues choosing books to pack.