Eden | Destino, 2019

***4th reprint***

Why does life always force us to choose between our own individual aspirations and the norms that govern our fate? Why is it so hard for us to turn to the past and confront the unforgiven sins in our childhood?

María Broto is a recognized theater actress heading into her forties. On the way out after playing Luba Andreyevna in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard––the performance she’s always dreamed of––she finds a man waiting for her by the back door of the theater. At first, María doesn’t recognize him, but he insists on telling her who he is and why he’s come for her.

In this way, María learns of the sudden death of her father, Teodoro Broto. The unexpected news is accompanied by the man’s offer to accompany her to the village where they lived as children to attend the funeral, which will take place the following day. But María doesn’t realize the consequences that might result from this journey into the past or reopening the wounds of her childhood, which still remain throbbing inside her.

Jauja weaves together different time periods, places, and emotions, telling us the story of a father and daughter and the difficulties that come from always trying to do things right and struggling for the things we want.