A darkly shimmering ghost story that's set in the late 1930s against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. The story unfolds within the eerily suspended world of a hardscrabble rural boarding school, home to war orphans and boys whose parents are too hard-pressed to keep them. Ten-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) doesn't know he's alone in the world: His father's compadres have shielded him from the knowledge that his father died fighting for the Republicans. But they can't babysit forever, so Carlos is deposited at the Santa Lucia School, whose starchy headmistress, Carmen (Marisa Paredes), sacrificed both her husband and a limb to the cause. She walks with the ai...