Joel’s (Borja Espinosa) wife has passed away. He awakes one morning from lengthy sleep to discover that his wife’s dog, Elvis, is apparently close to death. With the little energy he has, Joel endeavours to take Elvis to a vet, but his journey holds many more complications than he intended, especially as he has inadvertently locked himself out of his flat.
So ensues an uncertain pilgrimage around the places and people he knows in search of a spare house key, with the semi-comatose Elvis. Amongst those he encounters are his brother Pau (Pol Lopez), his friend Marti (Miki Esparbé), and his neighbour Maria (Maria Ribera). Each meeting is a confrontation Joel is eager to escape, but his desperation to lock himself away again forces him to engage. A searing and celebrated central performance by Borja Espinosa brings a depth of intensity and emotion rarely seen on-screen; his sorrow and desperation are palpable, making this a moving experience that will linger long after one has made their own way home.
Please note that this film contains images which may be disturbing to some viewers.