El otro Tom

Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo

Direccions Mexico, USA 111 min Catalan premiere Fiction


Elena is a single mother who relies on Social Services. Her son Tom has behavioral issues and is stigmatized at school as a “problem child.” An absent father further complicates their difficult relationship. Tom is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and prescribed psychiatric medication, but a strange accident alerts his mother as to its side effects. When Elena refuses to continue administering the drugs to Tom, Social Services threaten to remove him from her custody.


Latin American CinemaNorth American CinemaFemale DirectorChildhoodRoad MovieSocial Issues


Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo

Rodrigo Pla. (Montevideo, 1968) He is a director, producer and screenwriter. Since his first short films he has had the approval of the main international festivals, with selections at Clermont-Ferrand, Critics’ Week in Cannes or Berlin, and awards such as the Lion of the Future in Venice, the FIPRESCI in Toronto or the award for best direction in Warsaw, among many others.

Laura Santullo. (Montevideo, 1970) She is a screenwriter, director and novelist. She has written the film adaptations of her own books, all of them about motherhood and class differences, directed by Rodrigo Plá, which have been awarded with three Ariel Awards from the Mexican Film Academy, among others. She has also published a total of six novels.

Filmography: El otro Tom (codirected, 2021, D’A 2022)

Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo

Film information

Original Title: The Other Tom
Director: Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo
Script: Laura Santullo, Rodrigo Plá
Contact: Outsider Pictures
With: Julia Chavez, Israel Rodriguez Bertorelli
Country: Mexico, USA
Year: 2021
Format: DCP
Length: 111 min
Language: Spanish, English
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2022


Best Direction

Best Actress

Golden Colón for Best Film
IES Pablo Neruda Award for Best Film
Radio Exterior de España Award for Best Film


El otro Tom