Joao Carlos Ribeiro de Almeido Neto (Irandhir Santos) is beginning to feel the weight of his sizeable name as he embarks on a major architectural project. Awaiting the birth of his first son, the young architect is going through a time of intense change — which is exacerbated by the discovery of some unexpected skeletons in his ancestral past. During the project’s excavation, a clandestine cemetery is unearthed on a plot belonging to his family, leaving Joao grappling with some difficult questions about the means by which his inherited wealth and standing were accrued.
Joao journeys through the city, led by his conscience to collect clues about his family history. His moral malaise begins to manifest itself physically, affecting his back, his bones, and eventually his ability to walk — but, as the naming of his son is imminent, discovering the truth about his family takes on a grave urgency. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]