The life of a government bureaucrat is one of consistent routine, but rarely one of genuine human connection. In the new film “Everything Else,” Doña Flor (Adriana Barraza), a 63-year-old bureaucrat in Mexico City who worked in the same office her entire life. She meets people from all walks of life at her job, but the nature of her employment inhibits any sort of deeper connection. But after a tragedy strikes Doña Flor, she heads to the local pool in the hope that she will find solace. Watch a trailer for the film below and check out the poster as well a film still.
On the film’s observational approach, director Natalia Almada says, “In many ways all my films have straddled the line between fiction and documentary. It is precisely the tension on the border between the two genres that inherently questions the nature of objective truth versus subjective perception that interests me. I have thought of documentary as an improvisation with reality, not a depiction of it, and fiction as a documentation of a constructed reality. The distinction between the two is more about process than concept. In both I am trying to interpret the world as I see it to others.”
“Everything Else” plays the New York Film Festival on October 14th at the Walter Reade Theater at 6pm ET and on October 15th at the Howard Gilman Theater at 4pm ET.