¿Eres Tú, Papá?
Is That You?
Emma Berkofsky, Marina Barabanova (executive), Rebecca Randell (executive), Peter Hampden (executive), Norman Merry (executive), Sean O'Shea (executive) for Eres Tu Papa, Lipsync Post
directed by Rudy Riverón Sánchez
starring Gabriela Ramos, Osvaldo Doimeadiós, Lynn Cruz, Jorge Enrique Caballero, Eslinda Núñez
written by Rudy Riverón Sánchez, music by James Williams, Owain Kelly
Somewhere in the Cuban countryside: Farmer Eduardo (Osvandlo
Doimeadiós) is leading a modest life with his family, a life that has
made him grow bitter, and as a result, he just isn't a very good person:
He mistreats is one employee Carlos (Jorge Enrique Caballero), and he
keeps his wife Alina (Lynn Cruz) locked up like cattle since she tried to
run away to escape her miserable life. But Eduardo loves his daughter Lili
(Gabriela Ramos), and even though Lili has a notion not everything her
father does is right, she loves him back, unconditionally. So one day she
tells him that it was Carlos that was to help her mum to escape - upon
which one night Eduardo ties Alina up somewhere in the woods, then lures
Carlos there under a pretense, in order to kill him before her very eyes
to teach her a lesson ... only it doesn't work out that way, and
ultimately it's Eduardo who ends up dead.
The next day, Alina and Carlos
try to act as if nothing has happened to not arouse Lili's suspicions, but
that's next to impossible, with Alina moving around freely and Eduardo not
there anymore, it's pretty much impossible to fool a girl even as young as
13 for long. Desperate to find out what's really going on, she turns to a
spiritualist (Eslinda Núñez) who
teaches her a ritual to bring her father back (even if not in the form
Lili had hoped). And this is where things start to really fall apart ...
That You? is a very unusual horror film for sure: Rather than going
right for the jugular it's slowburn in approach, leaves room for
interpretation, refuses to make a clear line between good and evil, and
deliberately goes off-topic for social commentary, and tells its rather
gruesome story in a very unexcited manner. And add to that a very
atmospheric approach to things and camerawork that takes full advantage of
its locations, plus a very competent small ensemble, and you've got
yourself a winner for sure.