Marlena is the young wife of a powerful wealthy man in Mexico, Willy is her secret lover. Fearing the worst, the lovers will flee separately in the hopes of finding each other in a safer place. Willy suspects that Marlena is hiding in Montreal, so he escapes to Quebec, where he is hired as a seasonal worker at the Bécotte Farm. While friendships are being forged between foreign workers on the farm, a gap is widening between the Bécotte family members. Willy, unknowingly, will arouse the desires of Julie, the wife of the owner – a situation that will have serious consequences.
“In 2005, I drove by Saint-Remi, Quebec, a small farming town outside of Montreal, while driving back from a film shoot. It was very foggy. Then suddenly, I saw a line of Mexican men in the fog, outside a bank. The image was beautiful, intriguing, impossible. It felt like a dream. I didn’t know that migrant workers worked Canadian fields back then. I hadn’t yet watched Min Sook Lee’s NFB documentary El Contrato (2003). That initial feeling of wonderment is the basis for the script. The first draft is dated 2010. Upon reading the script, Sara Mishara was inspired by the story and the next versions were co-written by the two of us.”