About the Living | Chicago Reader

About the Living

After a young Mexican girl is killed by a car, her brother, mother, and father each cope with her death differently, but 11 years later all three are still haunted by the tragedy: the brother has become fascinated with the notion of death by drowning, the mother is obsessed with her job hosting a tabloid talk show, and the disconsolate father wanders the city, filming girls he imagines could be his daughter. With sleek monochromatic visuals and a dense, haunting score, this astute 2001 psychological drama by Jorge Aguilera shows how grief and denial have irrevocably alienated the survivors from each other, creating another kind of death. In Spanish with subtitles. 80 min.

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