A reporter goes to rural New Mexico to write a sensational story about the Penitentes, a secretive group of Spanish Catholics who practice flagellation as part of their religious rites. At the end, he is murdered for intruding and the police beat up likely suspects until one confesses, so there is no real suspense.
Plenty of shots of people being whipped and some of rural religious art, but mostly of interest to sado-masochists and sociologists.
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