In four distinct chapters, Solitary Fragments follows two women, Adela and Antonia, through their everyday lives. The film maps out their relationships, shows us the people that matter to them, and slowly ties their lives together. With a camera as still and observant as Ozu’s tatami angle, Jaime Rosales creates a disarmingly naturalistic, nonjudgmental tapestry of people struggling with ordinary challenges. The result is a fascinating ecosphere of human behavior. Petty arguments, procrastinated plans, quiet sacrifices, acts of compassion, and conciliatory gestures – these momentary interruptions seem cursory, but they are exactly what make life “life”. Winner of Best Film and Best Director at the 2008 Goya Awards, Spain’s equivalent to the Oscar.