Synopsis: A visual incursion into the troubles psyche of a young boy whose unstable and manipulative mother committed suicide in front of him.
Genre: Thriller
88 min

Cotard syndrome:

psychiatric disorder in which a person holds

a delusional belief that he or she is dead, is

putrefying or has lost their blood or internal

organs. It can include delusions of immortality.

Have you much left?

- No, I'm nearly done

But, can you tell me why the monks

painted boats there?

- Because they travelled by boat, Sofia.

- And the nuns came with them?

- What a thought!

The norms were very clear then:

it was forbidden

for any woman to set foot on the

sacred grounds of the monastery

'Santa Catalina Monastery

Opening times:
9am to 5pm'


'The National Hymn'

Let's see.

With a 'T', not an 'S'...

That's it.

Below, capital letter:

'Near the...'

...end of the 19th Century,

What beautiful eyes you have Gabriel.

You know, those with light eyes...


...a cleaner soul.

A purer soul, deeper than others.

Your Dad likes light-coloured eyes.

'Nineteenth', coma...

'...the times that...'

'...went past...'

Luckily you were born a boy.

- Why?

You'll learn with time.


sins of the flesh.

With you...

...I'll be safe.

Gabriel, help me please.

I need your help.

You want to kill me?

- Why?

The water!


- Gregorio, I can't fend them off any longer.

The Secretary-General of

the Order got involved.

They're questionning how

you got the ownership titles.

- They have no support from anyone.

- You know the Government changed.

- And?...

The Governor came to see me.

- What?!

- Yes, and flanked by a lawyer.

Julio, what's this can got in it?

- Poison.

- It kills off trees?

- Luis you have to help me.

I can't cope, not with everything

else I deal with here...

But how dare they throw me out

after all I did for this place?!

Gotto leave you...

- Wait, wait. There's something else.

Eva just left my office.

- Who?

- Eva just left my office.

And pregnant again.

- I'll call you later.



You know, in this monastery,

lived a Viceroy

Who married a woman who

couldn't have children.

So he decided to convert the

monastery into a palace

where could raise an heir with

another woman, away from sight.

Of course, the monks resisted.

So he decided to destroy their orchard,

and poison all their plants.

He left them without any ressources.

Time passed and still the monks remained.

And his lover was about to give birth.

So he cut off their water supply as well.

The monks waited for God

to send them rain, that never came.

They desperately tried to

dig tunnels, to pass the walls.

Walls they'd built to reach God!

The walls crumbled down.

And they all died, burried alive.

The Viceroy had his palace and his heir.

But over time, his conscience

started troubling him.

And he decided to convert to monk.

God granted him life eternal, on condition

he restored the monastery

to its legitimate owners.

In fact, this monk...

is still here, Gabriel.


You're a good boy.

I will always be here for you.

Gabriel, you see this?

What is it?

They're little eggs.

The snails put them there,

to have their little babies.

Mummy also had a little baby.

In her tummy.

But it couldn't live.

It was rotting inside of me.

You know what?

Maybe one day he'll come back to us.


Swimming inside of me.

In my belly.

Gaby. You'll come to visit me?


Here. I'll always be here.

Mummy, my tummy hurts.

Mine too.

You've got to pick them soon.

Before they rot, like everything here.

The roots of these trees

reach the coffins

of the dead monks.

And they tangle... their hairs.

Because roots feed off corpses.

They reach my mother?

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Iván Noel

Iván Noel is a French/Argentine producer and director, known for They Returned (2015), En tu Ausencia (2008) and ¡Primaria! (2010). In their July, 2009 journal, Camilo José Cela University compared his works to that of Truffaut and Comencini. He originally started in the arts by writing and performing his own musical compositions. The transition from music to film came from his love for combining and juxtaposing the two art forms in order to make something greater than the two by themselves. “I was having a hard time finding the sort of films to put my own music to, so I began shooting small scenes for specific pieces of mine. From small scenes I made short movies, then eventually went on to write and produce feature films. All that just to showcase my music! There must have been a cheaper way, but it was more fun this way.” –Iván Noel Since those first small scenes, he has gone on to release six feature films. All of the movies, despite their different plots, characters, and other thematic elements, share the commonality of confronting moral issues without yielding to the conventions of political correctness. more…

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