Daniel Nelson


When 93-year-old América falls out of bed, her life changes for the better.


The immediate prospects look bleak. She is injured and her son, who is supposed to be her carer but was not at home at the time of the accident, is charged with neglect and imprisoned pending a court hearing.


It’s a blessing in disguise, because one of her grandsons – Diego, an acrobatic street entertainer in a Mexican resort town– steps in for dad, and is followed by his two brothers.


She’s a lovely person, but she’s confused, can barely walk, has memory loss, cannot look after herself. The film chronicles the brothers – led by Diego – tenderly feeding her, giving her an enema, encouraging her to walk a little, getting her to sing, kissing her.


But they are young men, with lives and ambitions and differing views about América’s condition and how best to look after her, while also visiting dad and trying to get him out of prison, as well as dealing with the occasional incident – as when a member of the public calls the cops after mistakenly interpreting a brother’s determined attempt to press her to stand unaided in the park as bullying. The pressures cause cracks in the family cohesion.


It’s a delight, a story of love and duty, intimacy and family, ageing and affection. And constipation.


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