2020 | Shortfilm | 14′
Directed by Carla Linares
Produced by Nanouk Films

Although it is summer and humidity fills everything up with insects that make noise, the thick walls of the convent keep the interior dry and silent. The sun is barely reaching the inside of the building which smells like detergent and chastity.

The routine is always the same: clothes are washed, food is cooked and the convent cleaned. The sisters clean it all. They also grow carrots. In the middle of the garden, the sisters cultivate life; they keep an orchard. Sister Irene, in particular, is in charge of collecting carrots from the garden and preparing them for later meals.

One morning, while Irene is in the kitchen cleaning and sorting the carrots by size, a carrot refuses to align to the others, she rebels. In that moment something begins to wake up inside of her and, the need to follow her impulses becomes greater than ever.

Sister Irene begins a path of reconnection with her body and an awakening of her sexuality through nature. But for Irene, giving herself permission to feel, implies challenging the status quo in which she lives in.

One afternoon, it starts to rain on the clothesline where the recently washed clothes are hanging. All the sisters run out to avoid disaster. They move in unison as if they were a group of swarming fish. They collect the sheets and go inside.

Irene becomes confused while observing the mud that has formed with the rain. One of the sheets she holds falls on the ground. The rain drenches her completely. Wet hair begins to show from under her cap. All the sisters find shelter in the convent and start watching her. Irene has a decision to take, she can go back inside to meet the others, dry the sheets, tidy them up and end the day as usual. Or, she can move further away from the group to and finish the process of reconnecting with herself.

Published on: 18 May 2020
Posted by: Marc Roca