Winner of the Crystal Bear at Berlin International Film Festival 2014, ‘Ärtico’ is the final part of a trilogy about the importance of family. Unfolding in episodes of static camera shots and terse dialogues, the film finds atmospheric images that are almost musical in their composition to describe the lives of Spanish youths during the economic crisis.
At 16, Simón is already a father. He lives with his wife and child at his parents’ house. Unable to find a steady job, the mood at home is far from upbeat and his father is not averse to taking the belt to him from time to time. He spends his time hanging out with his friend Jota, mugging pupils at school, stealing cattle and getting mixed up with criminals. Jota’s girlfriend Debi touts cocaine while she babysits in the park. The couple is rarely cheerful. Debi’s unwanted pregnancy brings a bit of hope into Jota’s life but, without the support of a genuine family, there’s not much of a future for this young generation.