My Grandmother's House | Chicago Reader

My Grandmother's House

Set in a Spanish industrial town, Adan Aliaga's documentary about aging and the relentless march of progress is vigorous and witty and never drifts toward the maudlin. Marita, a 75-year-old widow who looks after her unruly, precocious six-year-old granddaughter, resists moving when she learns her block is to be razed for a condo development. She finds solace in TV and the company of neighbors, and their lively conversations bounce from the euro to infirmity to theology. Shots are well framed and often humorously juxtaposed, as in a cutaway to a dripping faucet that eloquently conveys Marita's daughter's exasperation with her obstinate mother. In Spanish and Valenciano with subtitles. 78 min.

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