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Cuando tejen las arañas (1979)

 |  Drama  |  22 March 1979 (Mexico)
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Laura is a pretty, sexually repressed rich girl whom has spent most of her life in a Swiss Boarding School. When she returns to Mexico City, she is restless and bored. She's upset to find ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Alma Muriel ...
Angélica Chain ...
Raquel Olmedo ...
Carlos Piñar ...
Alfredo Leal ...
Adriana Page ...
Armando Sáenz ...
Marcelo Villamil ...
Argentina Morales ...
Gustavo Rojo ...
Padre de Laura
Jaime Moreno ...


Laura is a pretty, sexually repressed rich girl whom has spent most of her life in a Swiss Boarding School. When she returns to Mexico City, she is restless and bored. She's upset to find that her mother is openly having an affair with a younger man, and that her father is secretly following suit. When he's being blackmailed, her father commits suicide. Shocked, she marries Gustavo, her childhood sweetheart in a haste, only to find that he was her father's secret lover and that he's gay and sadistic. This sends her reeling into the modeling scene, working ceaselessly on magazines and fashion shows. Then she has a complicated relationship with celebrity photographer Alex. Her only support comes from her former schoolmate Regina, a prim and proper heiress. When Alex abandons her for a transvestite, Laura is devastated and is then drugged and raped by Regina and her strange Jamaican "maid". It turns out that Regina plotted everything to drive her friend to despair and then, entrap her in... Written by Anonymous

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moral change under an authoritarian regime
21 December 2002 | by (New York/Mexico City) – See all my reviews

Cuando tejen las arañas (When the spiders weave) is one of several under-rated and under-appreciated Mexican films from the 1970's. Beyond the many nude scenes by the beautiful Alma Muriel, this film (as several others of the same period) tries to provide an account of how the Mexican society was changing moral codes under the authoritarian regime than finally collapsed in the late 90s. One revealing paradox, however, is that much of those films, which were highly critical of the Mexican status quo, were funded with public monies, following what was during the 70's and 80's a rather feeble attempt from the Mexican government to legitimize itself following the pattern of some European countries when dealing with cultural issues. "Cuando tejen...", is the story of a young model "trapped" or "freed" from her own sexual repression when she enters the modeling scene in Mexico City, and the many negative trade-offs happening during such process. The movie, despite its minor short-comings, provides an interesting description of the Mexican society at the time, its contradictions and paradoxes. Alma Muriel's character represents on many levels not only young Mexican women, but Mexican society at large, its awakening to a liberal approach to sexuality, the double standards that most usually appear in such processes, and ultimately the kinds of tensions that such changes produce.

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