After killing her abusive and unfaithful husband, the religious and schizophrenic housewife Gregoria leaves Madrid and travels to Galicia to visit a church where a stranger told her that ...
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After killing her abusive and unfaithful husband, the religious and schizophrenic housewife Gregoria leaves Madrid and travels to Galicia to visit a church where a stranger told her that everyone should go, dead or alive. When Gregoria arrives, she saves the life of the boy Daniel and his mother Dorita in gratitude invites her to have lunch at her house. Gregoria changes her name to Celia and accepts to work as nanny and chambermaid for Dorita and her dysfunctional husband Leandro. The violent behavior of Leandro triggers an insanity process in the delusional Celia, who is haunted by demons and ghosts while trying to protect Daniel from the evilness of his parents. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Interesting film with a powerhouse performance by Maura.
The amazing Carmen Maura plays a deeply religious maruja who gets fed up with her abusive husband and skips town after witnessing a bizarre random accident. Fate leads her to a small town and a position as a nanny for a dysfunctional couple and their strange little boy. Everything is perfect in her new life until she starts having disagreements with the patriarch and she starts to realize that there is something wrong in the house. Or perhaps she is descending into madness, set off by the clashing of her devout Catholicism and newfound liberation? This film is beautifully photographed and features lovely Spanish Gothic architecture. It never goes into full on horror like it seems to want so badly to do, but it's still a compelling film that is effective on several levels.
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