Ecuador’s submission to the foreign-language Oscar race is a smartly scripted and well-crafted thriller about a young man attempting to evict 250 families squatting on his inherited land.
Violence is ever-present in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, a product of the anger of those with no voice. Emilio (Andrés Crespo) was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and recently inherited a plot of land inhabited by a community of families. In order to force their eviction, he hires an agent to help – the same double-crosser who has been collecting money from the squatters in order to supposedly improve their living standards.
The squatters are not willing to let go of the land – which is all they possess in this world – without putting up a fight. Their leader is willing to negotiate but talks are guaranteed to be tense on either side. Meanwhile, Emilio is caught up in his own dramas over a stray bullet that accidentally killed a person. What results is a disconcerting depiction of what can result from fiscal inequality.