A family suffering from a devastating loss finds it must take on the responsibilities of the lost member to maintain a subversive family need. Their basic living, despairing poverty, and aching lack of education were well represented in the film. Despite the physical dependency, patriarchal threats, and depraved environment, their plight is a psychological battle. The whole premise is about a big family secret, and as a viewer I get to see, from a personal claustrophobic viewpoint, how the family handles the secret. It is an interesting film, though I felt myself more concerned with the supporting characters, as outsiders, rather than the main characters who are the family.