Synopsis by Mark Deming
A wildly dysfunctional family begins to drown in their multiple neuroses in this offbeat drama from Spanish filmmaker Agusti Vila. Luis (Marcos Franz) is the teenage son of Miguel (Eduard Fernandez) and Alicia (Emma Suarez), a couple whose marriage is on its last legs. Luis obsessively brings home stray dogs and cats, who show him the attention and affection he doesn't get from his parents. Miguel and Alicia aren't getting much love from one another, either, and once their marriage finally collapses, he takes up with their maid (Martina Garcia) while Alicia has an affair with one of Luis's friends from school (Alex Battlori). Meanwhile, Miguel's father (Fermi Reixach) and mother (Geraldine Chaplin) are both slipping into senility and think suicide might be the answer to their problems, and Luis's aunt Rachel (Anna Ycobalzeta) believes in the old adage "Spare the rod and spoil the child" -- so much so that it's putting her daughter in danger. La Mosquitera (aka The Mosquito Net) was an official selection at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival.
Alzheimer's-Disease, dysfunctional, mental-illness, self-destruction