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There are many causes of poverty -- birth, bad luck, bad choices, mistrust of one's neighbors, or a combination of these. All of these factors have conspired to place María (Ana Fernández ) in a miserable life. María, the youngest of four children, has moved to an unnamed city in southern Spain to escape the poverty and illiteracy of her parents' rural town -- becoming estranged from her family in the process.

As one of the countless workers living in the city slums, María has nothing but contempt for her mother and her past, even though she has not done better with her life. But when María's father (a bully who keeps María from attending college and treats her mother like property) is hospitalized in the city and her mother is forced to stay in María's apartment for some weeks, María is forced to appreciate her mother and face her own shortcomings.

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The title speaks volumes about each character's deeply entrenched emotional state in "Solas," a soul-clenching Spanish import dominated last year's Goya awards (the Spanish Oscar).

"Solas" translates as "alone," and it's a story about a bitterly estranged mother and daughter, forced back into each other's lives by the hospitalization of their hateful husband/father.

Maria (Ana Fernandez), whose life is filled with anger and alcohol, escaped her loveless, farm country home and moved to the city as soon as she was of age, after coming to despise her parents through a history the movie only hints at. She is alone because her entire personality is a defense mechanism. Through an adult life of hardship, she's learned to distrust everyone, and she won't let the people who really do care about her anywhere near her heart.

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