Loving and mystical portrait of a Mexican family celebrating life during a bittersweet birthday party.
A loving Mexican family is busy preparing a grand surprise party for Tona, the 27-year-old brother, son and father. On this sultry day, his temperamental sisters prepare everything to give him an unforgettable birthday, while his daughter Sol tries to enjoy herself in the lee of the mystical house. When the sun goes down and guests trickle in, the cheerful bustle in the house gives way to an elusive melancholy. The party is brimming with love but also has a bittersweet aftertaste. Totém celebrates life in an intimate way and shows how everyone deals with letting go differently, as they try to enjoy every second that life offers.