Today is the study of the relationship between a father and daughter. Pivoting on the accidental death of the man’s father, it is told in short episodes from the viewpoint of three different characters. These characters are projected on three walls of a square space, leaving the fourth wall open as the viewer’s space.
In the first section, a teenage girl repeatedly throws a ball in her backyard, whilst explaining, in unsentimental detail, the circumstances of her grandfather’s death. Her monologue is punctuated by the anguished cries of her grieving father.
In the second part, entitled Vera, an old woman moves around a darkened apartment, espousing her views on society and its inherent problems. The identity of Vera is left ambiguous. She might be the elderly man’s widow, the girl’s grandmother or perhaps the girl herself, now an old woman.
In the third segment, Dad, the scene and nature of the accident are revealed. The drama is conveyed by the bereaved father, who discusses his relationship with both his daughter and his own dead father, expressing his feelings of inadequacy. As with much of Ahtila’s work, the viewer is implicated in the story: in addressing the camera directly, the characters speak to the viewer, as if engaging us in the conversation.