• Director

    Paco Plaza

  • Producer

    Enrique Lopez Lavigne

  • Screenwriter

    Carlos Vermut

  • With

    Almudena Amor, Vera Valdez

  • Spain-France 2021. 100min

  • Production Company

    Apaches Films

  • Language


    With English subtitles

  • Certificate


24-year-old model Susana is working in Paris when she receives devastating news that her grandmother, Pilar, has suffered a brain haemorrhage. As Pilar’s only close relative, Susana immediately returns to Madrid to care for the woman who raised her. Struggling with her emotions, Susana holds on to fond memories of the relationship they once shared, but as Pilar’s behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre, Susana discovers her childhood diaries, which detail strange and forgotten events from the past. In his claustrophobic chamber piece, Paco Plaza effortlessly blends sly scares with a mean streak of jet black humour, to present a terrifying rumination on old age and infirmity. But more than just an out and out shocker, La Abuela also offers a poignant reflection on the duty of care and the crushing pain of losing someone we love.

Michael Blyth

Contains flashing images and scenes viewers may find distressing.

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