Parts of a Family / Partes de una Familia
PARTS OF A FAMILY is a portrait of how a relation between two people after many years of marriage can change from great love into a strangling imprisonment. It’s their son who observes them and tells their story.
Gonzalo and Gina Gutierrez live in a world of their own; a huge villa on a 4.000 square meter estate, near Mexico City. Walls with barbed wire keep the outside world far away. It’s their son, filmmaker Diego Gutierrez who tells their story. Fifty years ago Gonzalo proposed to Gina after one week of dating. They got married after two months. Gonzalo developed a blooming career as a doctor; Gina took care of the children and the house, together with her nanny and other servants.
Gonzalo just retired and claims he has finally discovered his real vocation: writing. He’s about to become 80 and wants to celebrate this with jumping with a parachute. Gina feels lonely, tired and angry. Gonzalo lives his own life without taking her into account. He does not see her value in running the house and he never takes her out. She is too scared to leave the property on her own. The underlying resentment between them becomes more tangible. Their safe haven has paradoxically become their prison, their “cold war” battlefield, it seems. But is there a chance they find each other back?