Everything Else (Todo lo demás)

Directed by Natalia Almada

98 minutes / Color
Spanish / English subtitles
Release: 2016
Copyright: 2016

Included on 5-disc box set Personal and Political: The Films of Natalia Almada.

Doña Flor (Adriana Barraza) is a bureaucrat. It is in everything that comprises her, her non-descript beige blouse, practical heels and knee-length skirts. For over three decades she has attended frustrated and indignant citizens to whom she is nothing but an invisible, lifeless bureaucrat, and has returned each evening to her cat and solitary apartment where she makes obsessive lists of the people she attended to during the day. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucracy is one of the worst forms of violence, "Todo lo demás" explores the interior life of Doña Flor as she attempts to resurface. A kind of “observational narrative” the film is a mesmerizing contemplation on solitude.

“A rigorously observed portrait of an isolated middle-aged female factotum, fleshed out via an observational catalogue of fixed shots.” —Variety

“Makes a strong impression. A wise exploration of what it feels like to flee from a troubled world by ignoring its sorrows — until the world decides it’s time for a wakeup call.” —Indiewire

“A low-key character study whose gently repetitive rhythms mask an unusually keen sense of nuance and subtlety.” —The New York Times

“This is a first narrative feature for director Natalia Almada, and she has a documentarian's eye for how truth revels itself in seemingly nondescript details.” —48 Hills

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A film by Natalia Almada

With Adriana Barraza

Select Accolades

  • Golden Gate Award New Directors Prize, San Francisco International Film Festival 2017
  • Best Actress Award and Special Jury Mention, 14th Morelia Film Festival, 2017
  • New York Film Festival 2017
  • Rio Film Festival 2017
  • FIDMarseille 2017


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