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I, the Worst of All (1990)

Yo, la peor de todas (original title)
R | | Drama | 24 November 1995 (USA)
A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Assumpta Serna ... Juana Inés de la Cruz
Dominique Sanda ... La Virreina
Héctor Alterio ... The Viceroy
Lautaro Murúa ... Archbishop
Graciela Araujo Graciela Araujo ... Sister Ursula
Alberto Segado Alberto Segado ... Father Miranda
Gerardo Romano ... Siguenza
Franklin Caicedo Franklin Caicedo ... Santa Cruz
Hugo Soto Hugo Soto
Margara Alonso Margara Alonso
Lidia Catalano
Margarita Padín
Alejandra Colunga Alejandra Colunga ... (as Alejandro Colunga)
Rosario Bléfari Rosario Bléfari ... (as Rosario Blefari)
Felisa Rocha Felisa Rocha
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A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The prelate finds her a symbol of European laxity. He engineers the election of a new abbess, severe and ascetic. The virreina visits Sor Juana often and inspires her to write passionate poetry that the archbishop finds scandalous. The viceroy protects her. After he is replaced and returns to Spain with his wife, Sor Juana faces envy and retribution. A bishop betrays her, her confessor humbles her. Plague, a tribunal, and her confession as "the worst of all" end the great poet's life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

24 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I, the Worst of All See more »

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Gross USA:

$52,148
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GEA Cinematográfica See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 63rd Academy Awards in 1991. See more »

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Interesting Historical Drama
2 November 1999 | by GeneralBSee all my reviews

This film is an interesting historical piece set in the late 17th century. It is in Spanish and is based on a book by noted Mexican author Octavio Paz, which was itself based on a true story. The story is about Sor Juana, a nun and poet in Spanish Mexico who challenges the theology of the archbishop. In doing so, it also explores the tension between the church and the crown, in this case between the archbishop and the viceroy, who supports Sor Juana. The camera work and use of color, light, and shadow throughout the film sets the mood quite well. While it occasionally seems a little drawn out, in general it is an interesting, effective and entertaining work.


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