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Paulina Escobar is a political activist whose husband is a prominent lawyer in an unnamed South American country just out of a dictatorship. One day a storm forces her husband to ride home with a neighbor. That chance encounter brings up demons from her past, as she is convinced that the neighbor (Dr. Miranda) was part of the old fascist regime that tortured and raped her, while blindfolded. Paulina takes him captive to determine the truth. Paulina is torn between her psychological repressions and somber memory, Gerardo is torn between his wife and the law, and Dr. Miranda is forced to endure captivity while husband and wife seek out the uncertain truth about the clouded past. Written by
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Both the South American country in which the movie is set is and its former regime dictatorship are unnamed. It has been alluded to that the film's source play (and hence this filmed adaptation) sets this unnamed country as unofficially really being Chile. This would surely be not surprising since the source playwright Ariel Dorfman is Chilean and the country had had a long period of dictatorship. Another hint is a visible poster in Paulina's house that reads Neruda, after the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who died few days after the coup, but the final hint that leaves no doubt is when Paulina is preparing to run away, she take some clothing and a wad of cash and if you look closely you can notice that the banknotes are chilean pesos, you can even read "Banco central de Chile" (Central Bank of Chile) on them. See more »
Dr. Miranda's moustache changes inconsistently throughout the movie. See more »
Rarely does a film with only three actors create such unbearable tension and cover political aspects too. Also, the film has great actors: Ben Kingsley gives the impression that he himself didn't know whether his character was guilty or not; Stuart Wilson is a typical confused lawyer-husband; and Sigourney Weaver probably gives her best performance of course, she's got a good role.
I enjoy stories, where people get in situations so terrible and unnatural that they are unable to see their extent. They cannot think clearly and so their thinking structure changes and they begin to take completely absurd things into consideration. Every person reacts a little differently to the situation. I love this, and that's why I give this movie the best rating. I couldn't find any flaws in the movie, actually.
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