Solas is a 1999 Spanish film written and directed by Benito Zambrano, starring María Galiana, Ana Fernández and Carlos Álvarez-Novoa.
The film explores the lives of a mother and daughter and their struggle for survival and happiness. Both of the women in the story are portrayed as alone (sola, plural solas), each in her own way.
It won five Goya awards in 2000 and several other prizes.
Solas (Alone) tells the story of Maria (Ana Fernández) and her mother Rosa (María Galiana). Maria is one of four adult children, all of whom moved as far as they could get from their parents and the farm where they grew up. Before the movie starts, the father (later revealed to be a violent, cruel, abusive man) has fallen ill and been brought to a hospital in Seville, where Maria lives. Rosa has been staying at the hospital with him, but the doctor tells her to leave before she falls ill herself. Maria takes Rosa to stay with her in the rundown suburban apartment where she lives, and Rosa rides the bus every day to visit her husband.
Maria is intelligent and wanted an education, but her father wouldn't allow it. Now, at 35, she works for a cleaning service; she is lonely, poor, angry and bitter. She