The film starts by looking at a well-to-do family and the events that occurred, historically, in the city of Cali in August 1956. However the tone and timbre of the film changes as the location shifts out into the country.
I have seen a description of the film as Tropical Gothic though I am not sure that the description is wholly accurate.
Andres’ father, having received a consignment of human ears from Eber, sends Andres to the airfield to pick up his mother and half-sister, Margareth (Adriana Herrán). On the way back to the house she shows him the inside of her bag and the packet of cigarettes she has smuggled along with her. As the will is read, the siblings stay in another room smoking and listening to music. When she plays 'Love me Tender' Margareth gets Andes to dance with her. The dance seems more intimate than it should do. The will is read and they discover that grandmother left a property to her estranged brother Enrique (Josué Ángel) – the black sheep of the family and known communist. The siblings are called in and hear that the sugar stock has been left jointly to them. A property is also left to Andres’ father and both the sibling’s mother in the hope they will get back together. The date is the 6th August.
|on the swing|
|in the jungle|
|rising from their grave|
|Anders with blood at his mouth|
|They seem to have lost their minds|