Sometimes we’re so asleep we don’t know what we’re up to, Marco’s mother says, explaining why she must rush to Santiago to see a friend who was hurt in a car accident. Family is family, she says, but for a friend you have a commitment, even on Good Friday, when her son’s friends will be houseguests for Easter.
Using improvised dialogue and hand-held camera work, the film captures the disintegration of the family’s polite appearances at the hands of Marco’s sensual and outspoken girlfriend. Adding to this potent mixture are Marco’s friends – two university students facing exams, and a mysterious young woman with a vow of silence, guests for a weekend on the beach that will change all their lives.
“A dinner guest turns a family’s Easter weekend upside down in this sophisticated comedy drama from Chile.”
–All Movie Guide, The New York Times
“Sebastián Campos blends hand-held camerawork and improvised dialogue from an impressive ensemble to create a raw, incisive portrait of a family teetering on the edge of chaos.”
–Miami International Film Festival
‘The Sacred Family’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Spanish with English subtitles.