Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
(Rated Unclassified 15+)
When Julita was a younger woman she had three desires: lots of kids, a monkey and a castle. In a real-life case of 'be careful what you wish for', she managed to accumulate all three. Now in her eighties, she and her rambling family are left (sans monkey) with a packed-to-the-turrets castle that needs to be emptied out due to the Spanish financial crisis, and quickly. Her filmmaker son Gustavo Salmerón catches this intimate moment as they pick and sort through beloved (and sometimes quite abject) objects, all the while with the larger-than-life Julita in the midst of it all, offering up directions, eccentric histories and musings on life. Peppered with interviews conducted over the years and incredible old super8 footage, this is a one-of-a-kind documentary, hilarious and wise.
Why You Should See This Film
Think Spanish Grey Gardens. A festival hit, Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle has won numerous international awards including: Best Short Film at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival, and Best Short Award (Brest) of Canal+ France. Even if you're sick of your own family – you'll love spending some time with the Salmeróns.
- Year: 2018
- Rating: Unclassified 15+
- Director: Gustavo Salmerón
- Duration: 91 minutes
- Language: Spanish with English subtitles