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For as long as they can remember, the Solé family has spent every summer picking the peaches in their orchard in Alcarràs, a small village in Spain’s Catalonia region. But this year’s crop may well be their last, as they face eviction. The new plans for the land, which include cutting down the peach trees and installing solar panels, cause a rift in this large, tight-knit family. For the first time, they face an uncertain future and risk losing more than their orchard.
After her beautiful debut Summer 1993, Carla Simón draws again on her experience of rural life in the Catalan countryside, where human activity is part of a cycle governed by seasons in a capricious climate. Family dynamics may be muddied by economic concerns, but there are also differences in how each individual relates to time. The younger ones enjoy a seemingly everlasting present while the father bullishly ignores the imminent future, and the grandfather is relying on a long-for-gotten promise to prove ownership of their house … This variety is well-served by the natural performances of the ensemble cast and ensures that politically relevant themes are presented to us in a subtle manner. The family is only able to find common ground in tradition, which leaves us with genuine discomfort about what lies ahead.
“Carla Simón’s superb film about a farm in decline is proof that fiction is sometimes the most powerful way to uncover the truth”
Festivals & Awards Winner: Winner of Golden Bear at Berlinale 2022