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I, the Worst of All (1990)

Yo, la peor de todas (original title)
R | | Drama | 24 November 1995 (USA)
A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The ... See full summary »
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La Virreina
Héctor Alterio ...
The Viceroy
Lautaro Murúa ...
Archbishop
Graciela Araujo ...
Sister Ursula
Alberto Segado ...
Father Miranda
Gerardo Romano ...
Siguenza
Franklin Caicedo ...
Santa Cruz
Hugo Soto
Margara Alonso
Lidia Catalano
Margarita Padín
Alejandra Colunga ...
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Rosario Bléfari ...
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Felisa Rocha
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A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The prelate finds her a symbol of European laxity. He engineers the election of a new abbess, severe and ascetic. The virreina visits Sor Juana often and inspires her to write passionate poetry that the archbishop finds scandalous. The viceroy protects her. After he is replaced and returns to Spain with his wife, Sor Juana faces envy and retribution. A bishop betrays her, her confessor humbles her. Plague, a tribunal, and her confession as "the worst of all" end the great poet's life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Historical drama...lesbian passion, not so much
15 November 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the misleading tagline. This is a historical drama. Nothing more. I suspect the tagline was written to try and get more men into the movie, but besides a peck, love letters and shy glances, there isn't much lesbian action in this movie. It is not for people with some sort of lesbo-nun fetish.

That being said, the film should be appreciated as a historical drama. Assumpta Serna does a wonderful job of playing the beautiful, "passionate, ironical" and intelligent Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. As far as I can tell based on my preliminary research, the film is historically accurate, with a few artistic liberties. The film is a film of dialogue - besides some brief scenes of flogging, and sickness in the convent, this is a film mostly about intelligent dialogue, as it should be due to its subject matter. The themes of feminism and the church are well explored and is a good look into the lives of women during the Inquisition of Colonial times.


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