LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE
GUSTAVO SALMERÓN | 2018 | Spain | Spanish | 91 MIN
With his directorial debut, Spanish actor and filmmaker Gustavo Salmerón has crafted a unique and moving portrait of his over-the-top and eccentric mother, Julita. As a young girl, Julita vowed to accomplish three things: to have many children, to own a monkey, and to live in a castle. Remarkably, all of these dreams came true, though Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle isn’t as concerned with how Julita accomplished these goals as it is in the complications that ensued. Salmerón captures his aging mother and father as an economic crisis forces them to face losing their beloved castle. Julita reluctantly sorts through the belongings she’s accumulated over her chaotic and colorful life, leading to a series of vivid, surprising, and sometimes bizarre ruminations on her past. Despite her deadpan fixation on her own mortality, this octogenarian’s zest for life is truly infectious.
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