Like every summer, little Salomé returns to a family village in the mountains. Suddenly her beloved grandmother dies. While the adults are fighting over the funeral, Salomé is haunted by the spirit of the one who was considered a witch.
‘“Alma Viva” is a small, delicate but engaging work, careful to keep its supernatural remit firmly grounded in observational realism: this is a homespun peasant magic made up of potions, chants, and curses, often fuelled by long-simmering grudges and feuds. It feels as though the same drive for naturalism inspired the director to cast her own daughter, Lua Michel, in the lead role of Salomé: the young actress puts in a beguiling, unselfconscious performance.’—Lee Marshall, Screen Daily