The village of San Hilario used to make its living from its wonderful cemetery and the skill and talent of its inhabitants in organising fabulous funerals. People came to San Hilario to die...
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When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.
Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.
The village of San Hilario used to make its living from its wonderful cemetery and the skill and talent of its inhabitants in organising fabulous funerals. People came to San Hilario to die with panache and style.
But the need for quick funerals and the pace of modern life in general meant that the people of San Hilario had almost run out of work. Thus, they were keenly awaiting the arrival of their new client Germán Cortés.
Germán wanted to spend his last days in the village. His arrival would allow the inhabitants of San Hilario to pull out all the stops as never before, probably saving the busines and indeed the village itself.
But when Germán dies before reaching his destination, the good people of San Hilario end up welcoming a fugitive by mistake.
The fugitive is happy to not clarify the misunderstanding of his identity, and so witnesses in increasing amazement the preparations for his own funeral.
San Hilario is a village that's made a killing by putting on great funerals, but business is slack. It's been ten years since they had a customer. They're a bit rusty.
When they do get a client, he dies before he can get there - but an escaping bank robber is mistaken for the man expected. At first he's happy to be in this village cut off from the world and the police searching for him, and it's two days before he finds out that his welcome, the visit to the church, meeting the priest, and getting measured up by the tailor are preliminaries to his own funeral.
It's sad and funny - there's a framed map of San Hilario, as a dot in the middle of nowhere that says "you are here". "A fictional story with touches of magical realism" is writer-director Laura Mañá's own take on her film, which touches on life, death, love, truth, faith, doubt and hope.
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