Synopsis by Mark Deming
Marc Recha directed and co-wrote this grim drama of a family struggling to stay together against long odds. Arnau (Marc Soto) is a seventeen-year-old boy who is living on the edge of Barcelona with his sister Sole (Eulalia Ramon) and brother Sergi (Eduardo Noriega). Arnau loves animals and seems to have a knack for communicating with them; he keeps birds and teaches them to sing, he's found and is caring for a wild fox, and with his Uncle Ramon (Sergi Lopez) he's tending to racing greyhounds at a local dog track. But Arnau's gift with animals isn't helping much with his current problems; his mother is in prison, and while he and his siblings are convinced that the right lawyer could get her conviction overturned, they don't have the money to pay one. One of Arnau's birds has won several prizes, and he decides he's willing to part with the bird for the right price if it means freedom for his mother. But as Arnau arranges to sell his best bird, a simple errand goes horribly wrong and suddenly the family's hopes are cruelly dashed. Petit Indi (aka Little Indi) was an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.