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La mano en la trampa (1961)

A woman uncovers the secret of her aunt's withdrawal from the world and arranges a confrontation with the man who jilted her.


Beatriz Guido (novel), Beatriz Guido (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsa Daniel ... Laura Lavigne
Francisco Rabal ... Cristóbal Achával
Leonardo Favio ... Miguel
María Rosa Gallo ... Inés Lavigne
Berta Ortegosa Berta Ortegosa ... Laura's Mother
Hilda Suárez Hilda Suárez ... Lisa Lavigne
Enrique Vilches Enrique Vilches ... Postman
María del Pilar Armesto María del Pilar Armesto
María Puchol María Puchol
Mirko Álvarez Mirko Álvarez
Mariela Reyes Mariela Reyes
Carucha Lagorio Carucha Lagorio
Losa Marchi Losa Marchi
Alejo Rodríguez Crespo Alejo Rodríguez Crespo
Beatriz Matar Beatriz Matar


A woman uncovers the secret of her aunt's withdrawal from the world and arranges a confrontation with the man who jilted her.

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high society | based on novel | See All (2) »


Winner Cannes Festival International Film Critics Prize




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Spain | Argentina



Release Date:

8 June 1961 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hand in the Trap See more »

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1.66 : 1
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"It's bad enough you went snooping around..."
1 December 2016 | by melvelvit-1See all my reviews

There was a time when a deformed or "loony" relative was kept locked up in the house never to be spoken of except behind the back and the once wealthy Lavignes keep one on the top floor of a mansion that's seen better days. Young Laura, home from boarding school, is determined to finally get a glimpse of the half-brother who's been confined upstairs for twenty years but when she does, she discovers a completely different relative under lock and key and, as her aunt tells her, "it's bad enough you went snooping around but now you've gone and put your hand in the trap"...

Family honor and the dark secrets of a provincial Argentinian town propel this perverse variation on JANE EYRE with a heroine not unlike Jean Seberg in BONJOUR TRISTESTE and although it's not exactly horror, the downbeat ending comes close enough as "those who can't learn from the past are condemned to repeat it". Director Nilsson was nominated for a Palme d'Or for his gloomy, black & white adaptation of wife Beatriz Guido's novel.

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