Natalia de Molina won her second Goya and the Best Actress Award at the Malaga Film Festival for this heart-wrenching melodrama that starkly portrays the devastating effects of the economic crisis on ordinary people in the early 2010s. The actress brings to life a single unemployed mother, without assistance or subsidies, struggling to find a job to provide ‘shelter and food’ for her eight-year-old son and retain custody. As real as it gets, teetering on cinéma vérité, yet avoiding sensationalism, Juan Miguel del Castillo’s remarkable directorial debut unfolds in the city of Jerez de la Frontera, presented from a much bleaker perspective than usual.
Rocío is an unemployed single mother, who has difficulties meeting her daily food needs. She struggles to lead a normal life in fear of losing custody of Adrian, her eight year-old son. But the situation gets worse when the owner of the flat she’s renting, also burdened by debts, reports her to the police for non-payment of the rent. Now time is against her and a solution appears impossible.