The long introductory shot introducing the apartment Elena shares with her second husband (and former employer) begins looking just like any ordinary apartment then slowly reveals evidence of wealth in the quality of the furnishings and finishings – nothing ostentatious or pretentious, just obviously top of the line. The rest of the movie reveals itself similarly, in the details you notice rather than what you’re told. Elana’s open-hearted love of her adult son, who seems permanently unemployed, unambitious, and ungrateful in addition to being both a poor spouse to his wife and poor parent to his son, leads her to resent her husband for refusing financial assistance to her son while he offers it unreservedly to his daughter who, in Elena’s eyes, is even more ungrateful and unloving. The daughter seems this way to us as well, until we begin to see through her facade and glimpse tremendous unspoken affection between father and daughter. Elena ultimately chooses allegiance to one family by betraying the other and the film concludes with another long pan through the apartment revealing how much the character of the space is influenced by its inhabitants with subtle portent of changes to come.