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  • Xixi wants to know about her son, Pablo, so we go to the phone booth:

    Pablo's cirrhosis has complicated, her daughters say. He's not eating at all and can barely talk, the doctor says his liver is the size of a nut.
  • We take a cab to Pablo's house, a two hour ride. Adam's dog is there lying on the floor, tired.
  • Four of Pablo's five daughters are taking care of him, he's sitting on a chair but can't open his eyes. He used to be a strong man, a woodsman, but now his body is small and his hands are swollen.
  • After some minutes Pablo collapses and moans. Xixi begs him to be strong.
  • It's a hot summer morning, the streets full of haze.

    Bells toll for five minutes when a neighbor of the town dies.

    Xixi cries.

    Sweaty men carrying beer boxes approach to the cemetery and start digging a hole.
  • While men dig the hole at the cemetery and drink beer, women from the town take "tenates" (knitted baskets) of rice, beans and tortillas to the funeral.
  • The family cooks and people comes to see the body and say a few words in Mixtec or pray in Spanish, then they get a plate of food and a beer. When everyone has finished eating, men carry the coffin to the church while women take the flowers.
  • People watch the coffin passing by from the top of the hills and then they follow it to the church.
  • An old couple are the last ones to go inside the church: he's blind and deaf, and she holds his hand as they slowly walk inside the place where they were both baptized and where they got married.
  • After some words at the church, men carry the coffin to the cemetery. Everyone follows and almost everyone cries. This is the moment for the final words: Mr. Lorenzo puts some soil inside the hole with regret in his eyes, as if saying: "I shouldn't have served those drinks."

    There are no more tears inside her, so with dry eyes Xixi spreads some soil inside the hole in the ground where the remains of her son Pablo will rest.
  • After the coffin has been buried, Xixi sits on a grave and receives the condolences from everyone, then she starts talking to the old women about old times and dead family members, she toasts with them and eventually laughs.
  • Xixi drinks until she forgets that it's her son's funeral.

    A full moon rises from the top of the mountains.
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