Maria Francisca, a wealthy young heiress and her friend Mariana De Castro, a young protestant widow, are accused of witchcraft and taken before the Spanish Inquisition of Lima, Peru.

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Credited cast:
Amy Hesketh ...
Mariana De Castro
Mila Joya ...
Francisca de la Cruz
Roberto Lopez ...
Fr. Francisco Verdugo
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Capellan Rodrigo de Palomares
Eric Calancha ...
Torturer
Erix Antoine ...
Su Excelencia (as Erik Antoine)
Maria Esther Arteaga ...
Josefa
Omar Aldayuz ...
Fiscal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gina Alcon ...
Mayor de Luna
Vanessa Calvimontes ...
Isabel Petrona
Barbara Dorado ...
Maria de las Nieves
Massiel Dorado ...
Luisa de Castellón
Ariel Enriquez ...
Tomás de la Puente Bearne
Sergio Fernandez ...
Tomás de Araujo
Andrea Galvarro ...
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Maria Francisca, a wealthy young heiress and her friend Mariana De Castro, a young protestant widow, are accused of witchcraft and taken before the Inquisition. Maleficarum is the story of Francisca, a wealthy orphan and Mariana, her widowed protestant friend, who live surrounded by a town in which they are the center of hostile gossip. Francisco Verdugo, the Inquisitor, has his own ambitions. He has his greedy eyes on the orphan heiress's properties, but he needs a pretext. A confrontation in the street among a group of girls gives him the perfect excuse to arrest Mariana and Francisca and enchain them in the horror chambers of the Inquisition, leading them to a frightful end as they are convicted of witchcraft. Written by Jac Avila

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A story of the horrors of the Inquisition.

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Brutally realistic historical film
10 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wealthy orphan (an adult, but whose parents have died and is as yet, unmarried - so, in that period, unprotected) befriends another woman who has lost her husband and is now a homeless widow. Their relationship has lesbian elements - which of course are "beyond the pale" in the era; additionally, the friend is "horror of horrors" - a Lutheran - in other words - a heretic! And the orphan is wealthy... The Inquisition steps in soon enough and when the two women prove 'uncooperative'- this film pulls no punches. The film shows both how the two women are slowly but surely broken in graphic detail and, showing interviews the inquisitors have with various witnesses, also how the common beliefs of the time justified it. The torture is shown historically accurately being done to the women's totally nude bodies...


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