Mario was a suit-and-tie office worker in Lima who, contrary to the prevailing trend, gave up his job and apartment and built a farm in the jungle. His young pregnant wife Delba, despite her initial trepidation, soon came to enjoy the peace and quiet of their idyllic plot. In the present day Mario leaves for the city to argue over land claims issues (we learn that this is only one visit in a long succession) on the same day that Peru's president is arriving to give a self-congratulatory speech on agriculture and economy. Meanwhile Romulo, Mario and Delba’s highly-introspective son, enjoys the sun, a nearby stream and the rich ringing sound of metal on glass. It does not seem like an unusual day.
The Green Wall is wide awake to the pleasures, the dangers of the jungle and capable of bringing characters to life with quick invisible strokes. We see Mario’s quixotic determination, his quick-tempered frustration, his surprisingly gentle side. We see Delba’s bravery and vulnerability, her romantic yet rebellious loyalty, her pride in family and their shared competence. We see Romulo’s nebulous daydreaming, his intent yet casual curiosity, and the differences in how he responds to each parent. This is how you show whole lifetimes by depicting a single day.
Armando Robles Godoy, Claudia Llosa