After discovering that she is pregnant (and in order to make ends meet due to her husband's struggling flower-trading trade), Marcela accepts a job taking care of the elderly, bedridden Amador (Celso Bugallo) while his family are away. Amador is initially cold towards his new carer, sitting aloof as he watches television or works on his jigsaw.
The subject matter here is certainly on the dark side, with a great deal of gallows humour as Marcela frantically tries to slow the decomposing process through fans and air freshener. The introduction of Puri (Fanny de Castro) as Amador's former lover (though not of the unconditional variety) adds some much needed sexual humour, her bawdiness as refreshing as Amador's newly ventilated, make-shift crypt.
Amador tackles its subject matter with honourable intent, yet the film lacks the flair and melodrama of more recent Spanish social commentaries, such as Alejandro González Iñárritu's superior Biutiful (2010).
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