In rural Spain, sister of an ex con convinces him to take revenge against the local who tipped off the authorities about the man's whereabouts, which led to his subsequent arrest. Unfortunately, she soon falls in love with the snitch.
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Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears ... See full summary »
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Luis García Berlanga
José Luis López Vázquez,
After Bardem's jailing and release, he decided to stop early filming in Palencia, and shot the remaining of the movie in the cities of Logroño (most city scenes, including the main square with the arcades) and Cuenca (most nature shots and the apartment building being constructed). The rest was shot in a Madrid studio. See more »
The plot of the film is quite simple, and just saying it makes it look less effective than it ultimately is. Let me tell you, it's incredibly effective, and quite brutal too. The acting is pretty fantastic, but the directing is so on point and concise that it becomes the biggest star of the film. Juan Antonio Bardem knows what his intention is and what he's trying to achieve, and I think he achieves it perfectly. The ending is proof of that. The final several minutes are haunting in a pretty memorable and conflicting way, to the point that it becomes unpredictable and you seriously have no idea how it's going to end. Very much recommended.
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