Natalia, a fashion model, is assaulted by a man one night, when she is returning from work. She decides to take revenge, and obsessively searches for the rapist. Written by
Edgar Soberon Torchia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is one story by noted author Gabriel Garcia Marquez that never should have left the printed page: a pretentious and questionable drama following the victim of a brutal rape in her growing obsession for the rapist, inviting several anonymous attacks along the way. At best the film is reminiscent of Fassbinder on an Iberian holiday, exploring the sordid underbelly of Barcelona though various freakish peripheral characters, like a gentle transvestite prone to spontaneous combustion or a barmaid who grows a beard to repel any unwanted male attention. At worst it's a facile argument that all men are sexual predators and all (attractive) women victims (worse: willing victims) of gender aggression, told with an element of black humor difficult to reconcile with the act of rape. Opaque symbolism is everywhere, but the only real controversy about the film is whether director Jaime Chavarri wanted it to be deliberately ambivalent or just plain vague.
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