Cert: CLUB


Seven-year-old Sol is dropped at her grandfather’s home as the family prepares a surprise birthday party for Sol’s seriously ill father Tonatiuh. Over the course of the day, Sol observes and helps her aunts, cousins and grandparents as they get the house ready for the night’s festivities. As tempers flare and emotions intensify, Sol and her family grapple with Tonatiuh’s worsening condition, but also embrace the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of a life well lived.

Director Lila Aviles’ follow-up to The Chambermaid is a keenly observed family drama, tackling even its heaviest, most tragic themes through a compassionate, insightful lens. A stellar, engrossing film from one of Mexico’s most accomplished and visionary directors.

Berlin International Film Festival, 2023
London Film Festival, 2023

Berlin International Film Festival - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Director: Lila Aviles
Cast: Naíma Sentíes, Montserrat Marañón, Marisol Gasé, Mateo García Elizondo

‘This thematically rich piece offers a set of vivid character studies, while musing on life, death and time - largely from a child’s perspective’

Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

‘Tótem is exquisite – a vital ensemble drama that’s suffused with joy and love’

★★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Observer
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