A young woman’s stay with her beloved nana turns into a waking nightmare in the latest scarefest from [Rec] director Paco Plaza.
Enrique Lopez Lavigne
Almudena Amor, Vera Valdez
Spain-France 2021. 100min
With English subtitles
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.
Contains flashing images and scenes viewers may find distressing.
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