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Totem

Tótem

CTC • 93 MIN

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Synopsis


Set over a single day, TOTEM is a tender, choral drama that explores life, love, loss and time. In a large, bustling Mexican household, seven-year-old Sol (played by magnificent young star Naíma Sentíes) is swept up in a whirlwind of preparations for the birthday party being held for her father, Tona. Seen mostly through Sol’s eyes, the preparations are led by her mother, aunts and other relatives at her grandfather’s home. As the day goes on, Sol begins to understand the gravity of the celebration this year and watches as her family does the same. Daylight fades and tensions rise with a strange and chaotic atmosphere taking over, shattering the bonds that hold the family together. Teeming with life, this minutely observed ensemble piece is the second feature from Mexican writer-director Lila Avilés (THE CHAMBERMAID SPA19). Delicately balancing grief and celebration, touching drama Totem shares a series of evocative character studies and an immersive portrait of a family in crisis.

Awards & Reviews


One of the finest movies you’ll see this year.

New York Times

OFFICIAL SELECTION (MEXICO) Best International Feature, Academy Awards 2024
OFFICIAL SELECTION San Sebastián International Film Festival 2023
WINNER Ecumenical Jury Prize, Berlin Film Festival 2023
WINNER Top Five International Films, National Board of Review USA 2023

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Release Date

10th June 2024

Duration

93 MIN

Rating

CTC

Director

Lila Avilés

Cast

Naíma Sentíes, Montserrat Marañon, Marisol Gasé, Mateo Garcia, Saori Gurza

Genre

Drama

Languages

Spanish with English subtitles

Release Date

10th June 2024

Duration

93 MIN

Rating

CTC

Director

Lila Avilés

Cast

Naíma Sentíes, Montserrat Marañon, Marisol Gasé, Mateo Garcia, Saori Gurza

Genre

Drama

Languages

Spanish with English subtitles

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