Julio and Emilia are at college and in love. Eight years later, she is dead, but Julio is still alive. We know this from the opening lines. Eight years later, Julio is writing a book trying to redefine and recall this love, the love symbolised by a bonsai tree.
It was a beautiful film, but I felt little connection with the characters. They were romantic and sexy, but I didn’t sense the passion which seemed crucial to their relationship – instead, it felt dull and I didn’t understand why Julio felt the need to revisit it in the way he does.