THE PLANTS (LAS PLANTAS)

“Do you think plants could have souls? That we might even be able to talk to them?”

For a whole summer, 17-year-old Florencia has to look after her brother, who is trapped in a persistent vegetative state. She washes him, changes his nappies, and cuddles up to him in bed. From time to time she reads to him from a comic called Las Plantas, which is about plant souls that take control of human bodies at full moon. At night, Florencia makes contact with men on the internet. Images of her monotonous daily routine and a vibrant fantasy world merge to create a fascinating tale of a young woman as she self-determines her own sexual awakening. Dreamlike sequences and atmospheric, metallic music create the mood of a thriller.

 

SPANISH | CHILE | 2015                                                         

DRAMA | FEATURE | 95 MIN | DCP | COLOR

 

Director: ROBERTO DOVERIS

 

Director Biography:

Roberto graduated in filmmaking at the Universidad de Chile and, in 2010, founded the Niña Niño Films production company. He has produced over 30 video clips, NGO videos and short films, many of which have screened in international festivals. LAS PLANTAS is his debut feature film.

 

Cast: 
Violeta Castillo,

Mauricio Vaca,

Juan Cano,

Simón Mercado,

Ernesto Meléndez

 

Crew: 

Producer: Rocio Romero

Screenplay: Roberto Doveris 
Cinematographer: Patricio Alfaro 
Art Direction: Natalia Mardones and Antonia Garretón 
Sound: Diego Aguillar 
Sound Design: Mauricio Flores 
Editing: Roberto Doveris 
Original Music: Violeta Castillo, Ignacio Redard 

 

Festivals:

Berlinale 2016 (Grand Jury Prix for Best Feature Film, Special Mention of Young Jury)