Top Shorts Review: A Step Behind

In "A Step Behind", Javier, the youngest of three brothers and son of a workaholic father, visits his parents’ house along with his wife to spend Christmas with the family. As the evening goes by, Javier is forced to revive some old conflicts with his father, bringing their relationship closer and closer to chaos.

The ensemble cast did a great job, delivering natural performances throughout, thanks to the director who gave each of the characters a precise characterization, making it easy to feel them – who they are and what they believe in.

The protagonist Javier, played by David Zorrilla, is a man of values. His wife Camila (Dulce Medina) is just like Javier. She's supports her husband, but at the same time respects his father. Maria and Sofia (Sandra Márquez and Julieta Escobar) are Javier's sisters-in-law. While their husbands work on Christmas day, they don’t miss an opportunity to offend Javier. Javier's mother, played by Rosa M. Álvarez is clearly on Javier's side, although she doesn't have the courage to confront her husband. And finally, Don Gerardo, played by Gerardo Aviña, is a fascinating character. He starts as a cold, stiff man, who only cares about money and success. And he's not the only one.

It seems like everyone in the family puts money first, including Javier's brothers who don't even bother to spend time with the family on Christmas, and their wives. After his sister-in-law and his father insult him ("Are you still making little videos?"), Javier strikes back: "You know there are more important things in life than money, right?". Javier's father replies, and the tension between the two characters increases.