Genre: Short
15 min



November was Alfredo.

Whenever I ask myself

that question,

it's the only answer

I can think of.

November was Alfredo.


Is this where the auditions are?

-Yes. Are you lmanol Astiarraga?

-No, why?

His name just got called.

I thought maybe it was you.

I think my audition's at five,

but I'm not sure.

Ask the lady.

She should be right out.

-You're the only person here?


I met him in the hallway

at acting school.

Just before our entry auditions.

I remember perfectly

because he caught my eye.

He had a black knapsack

over his shoulder

with some sort of bizarre

marionette sticking out.

He looked pretty odd.

-Where are you from?


A small town in Murcia

called Lorca.

-And you live here?

-No, I just came to audition.

I said he could stay with us.

You guys are squatters, right?

In a home?

Not a home,

an abandoned building.

-We want to open a cultural center.

-With recreation.

Social services, painting...

A bit of everything.

It was an old abandoned building

near Lavapies.

It had previously been a printer's.

Daniel, the group and l

all moved in there in '96.

A year before Alfredo

got to Madrid.

-It's darling.

-Yeah, wait.

Careful. I'd better show you.

Right, the stick moves it.

And with this

you move the neck

and with this, the eyes.

And with this, the mouth.

Where'd you get it?

I made it.



What are these assholes

Iooking at?

I think I found a place

to sleep tonight.

So tell me, how's Madrid?


It's enormous, mom. Huge.

How's dad?


He'll get over it.

Say hi for me.

And to Alejandro.

Have you auditioned yet?

Not yet, mine's at five.

Call me when you've finished.


It's crowded.

I can barely hear you.

-Call me when you've finished.

-I will, don't worry.

I'm out of coins, mom.

I'll call you when I find a place.


I love you guys a lot.

Big kiss.

We love you, too.

He'd made it for his brother

in a puppet-making class

he took while he was in law school.

Her name was Aphrodite.

He was quite fond of her.

He even said that

if it hadn't been for his brother

and that marionette,

he'd never have gone into theater.



Holy shit. Goddamn.


He left it all behind.

Family, friends... He was plagued

by guilt for a long time

for having left Alejandro.

But he was absolutely

thrilled to be in Madrid.

Back then, Alicia and l

were living in the building

and I invited him to move in.




Yes, you can. Please, tell me.

-What for? It'd make no difference.

-Yes, it would.

It can't be so bad.

Maybe if you told me you'd realize

it's not as bad as you think.

Okay, just once.

-Just one time.

-No, that's enough.

-Roll a joint.


Tell me, Juan.

You've got to tell me.

You can't keep it inside forever.

Let it out, my love.

I'll roll that joint.

-ln Argentinian.





-No way.


Over my dead body.

Another joint?


Can you help us out?

-Here, Alfredo.


Okay, here's the take.

Alfredo, that's your share.

That's not necessary.

-Go on, take it.


You guys keep it.

The other day you said no as well.

Quit fucking around, just take it.

That's not why I do it.

I don't want it.

I enjoy doing it.

F*ck the money.

That's irrelevant.

I enjoy it, too.

So why not get paid for it?


Keep your damn money, Dani.

I don't want it now, or ever.

-Are you kidding me?

-Pay him.

He is joking.

No, I'm not.

I really don't want the money.

Is that so hard to understand?

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