São Paulo. Nowadays. Brazil is in a period of economic growth. Cores is a story of friendship and disillusionment of three young people in a big metropole. At one point one of them believes that things can change, but the meaning of life gets lost into the days when “everything that is solid vanishes into thin air”
El lugar del hijo is the story of a student who is being told of his father’s death and has to travel to Salto, a town in the center of the country to attend his funeral. In Salto he discovers that his father left him a farm with debts and a house in town with a lover who expects to keep the place and settles down there with him.
It is a story of rootlessness and of personal reconstruction, a metaphor on the inherited country and the youth which at some point has to deal with it.
Alberto is dead and it cannot hide it any longer. His state of decomposition is becoming more and more obvious; not even make-up or perfume can hide it. He then quits his job to disappear in the boundaries of his death, but not before connecting in a unusual friendship with Luly, the manageress of the 24- hour gymnasium where he is employed as a night watchman.
Alicia is helpless. She keeps recalling war and it comes to her mind like menacing thunder. Exiled by the armed conflict, she tries to start a new life in La Sirga, a derelict guesthouse set on the bank of a big lake high up in the Andes. It belongs to Oscar, an old unsociable and solitary man, the only family she’s got left. There on a muddy and unstable beach she will try and set down roots untilherfearsandthethreatof war reappear.
Lucia is 14, but looks younger. She’s thin and has the body of a child. Her parents are divorced; she and her brother live with their mother. Their father Alberto, a chiropractor, only sees his kids occasionally. He rents a cabin at the hot springs. The holiday is going to be short and it looks as if it’s about to rain. Their hearts sink on arrival. It’s forbidden to use the pools because of an electric storm. Alberto tries to keep them amused and make good of their disastrous family break, but the harder he tries the worse it gets.
After a long time without seeing each other, two cousins, Esteban and Pipa, have to drive together to their grand-father’s funeral in Villegas, small inland town where they grew up together. This coming back soon turns into an intense emotional journey, punctuated by the reunions, the weight of the past and the end of an era.