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A black-humoured but heartbreaking Spanish animation draws a desolate portrait of care home life

A warm welcome for this funny, heartbreaking animation from Spain by Ignacio Ferreras about a care home for people with Alzheimer's. A retired bank manager called Emilio is placed by his son in a home when his forgetfulness becomes too much to bear, and his new residency assumes the character of the politest possible prison movie. Poor bewildered Emilio is befriended by the dodgy Miguel, who shows Emilio how to survive and how to make the best impression on the staff. Watching this movie has the same desolate quality as Philip Larkin's poem The Building, and yet it is tender and lovable, too.

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