Death and the Maiden (1994) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.

  • Paulina Escobar is a political activist whose husband is a prominent lawyer in an unnamed South American country just out of a dictatorship. One day a storm forces her husband to ride home with a neighbor. That chance encounter brings up demons from her past, as she is convinced that the neighbor (Dr. Miranda) was part of the old fascist regime that tortured and raped her, while blindfolded. Paulina takes him captive to determine the truth. Paulina is torn between her psychological repressions and somber memory, Gerardo is torn between his wife and the law, and Dr. Miranda is forced to endure captivity while husband and wife seek out the uncertain truth about the clouded past.

  • After the fall of a ruthless dictator somewhere in a South American country in its first days of freedom, Paulina Escobar, a furious teenage revolutionary and torture survivor, and her husband, Gerardo, a former political activist and now an elite lawyer with a knotty mission, are struggling to get past that tragic era. Isolated in their secluded house, Paulina is struck with terror, when in the dead of night, Gerardo brings home a stranger, the friendly and helpful Dr Roberto Miranda, whom she recognises as her repulsive tormentor. Unfortunately, as Paulina was blindfolded throughout her imprisonment, she has to rely only on the memory of her senses and her angry determination to get his confession--but was the clean-handed Doctor, really her captor? In the end, can the confused Gerardo trace the truth, and above all, how does one punish the wicked?


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