España, 2020 / 80 min. / Color

After fighting on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, a man goes into exile in France.

His wife and children are waiting for him in a Catalan village. This Penelope is neither courted by suitors, nor remains at home undoing at night the weaving she had done during the day. She has started working in a factory to support her family. These are times of scarcity, inflation and unemployment.

He writes numerous letters. She reads them to her children by candlelight.

When World War II breaks out, he joins the French labor companies. The Nazi advance involves the capture of thousands of prisoners, whose final destination will be the death camps.

The years pass and he does not return home. His wife has stopped receiving his letters and does not know what could have happened to him.

A Greek chorus tells stories of other women who, like the protagonist, started a new life when the war began. Penelopes who did not succumb to the loom trap and the impassive wait.

Credits

Written and Directed by: Carolina Astudillo Muñoz
Producer: Carolina Astudillo Muñoz
Editing: Ana Pfaff
Assistant Editor: Lidia Sala
Sound Mix: Alejandra Molina
With the support of Filmoteca de Catalunya, Mentoring L’Alternativa, EUROM and ALMU.

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