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Azucena is 22 years old and lives with her mother, who, due to a past trauma, can no longer speak. Azucena works in a photography lab with her best friend Paqui, and has just broken up with... See full summary »


Elio Quiroga


Elio Quiroga (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustavo Salmerón ... Narciso
Mercedes Ortega ... Azucena
Miguel Molina Miguel Molina ... Jacinto (as Miky Molina)
Diana Peñalver ... Paqui
Myriam De Maeztu Myriam De Maeztu ... Virgen (as Myriam de Maeztu)
Simón Andreu ... Joaquín
Amparo Muñoz ... Rosa
María Asquerino ... Madre Azucena
Miguel Alonso Miguel Alonso ... César
Carmelo Alcántara Carmelo Alcántara ... Gabriel
Juan Francisco Domínguez Juan Francisco Domínguez ... Dani (as Juanfra Domínguez)
Bartolo Ruano Bartolo Ruano ... Corazón
Ciro Miró ... Rafa (as Ciro García-Beltrán)
Pepe Batista Pepe Batista ... Médico
Isabel Gadí Isabel Gadí ... Enfermera


Azucena is 22 years old and lives with her mother, who, due to a past trauma, can no longer speak. Azucena works in a photography lab with her best friend Paqui, and has just broken up with her latest boyfriend Dani. Azucena lives in fear of sex and physical contact, hiding in her own sheltered world. Cesar, a plastic artist feels an obsessive attraction for Azucena, as a result, making her his inspiration. This obsession is painfully observed by Jacinto, the unstable artist's lover, who is himself involved in a violent and destructive relationship with Cesar. Cesar, blinded by passion for Azucena, tries to force himself on her one day while she is modeling for him. Azucena, feeling violated, flees the studio, leaving Cesar desolate. sees a vision, someone wishes to help her find her way and, in the process some answers. She finds herself going to a nightclub where she meets Narciso, a stripper at the club. The attraction between them is immediate, and for the first time, Azucena ... Written by Anonymous

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"Pervertida, divertida y sexy" (Quentin Tarantino) See more »


Crime | Drama | Horror | Fantasy


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In Spanish release copies, after the final credits, you can read a final quotation, as a gift to the audiences who love to see movies till the end of the credits: "we live as we dream: alone" (Joseph Conrad). See more »

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A lot of gore-like material of the final miraculous surgery. See more »


Referenced in Terror Firmer (1999) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by 'Alejandro Ramos' (II) and Carlos Ramos
Performed by Hermanitas
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Elio Quiroga's weird movie in which a beautiful young meets several freak roles along the way
13 July 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A very strange and post-modern movie , a sui generis flick in the Spanish cinema surprisingly directed by Elio Quiroga . It deals with Azucena , Mercedes Ortega , she is 22 years old , a rare young girl who lives with her sick mother , Maria Asquerino , due to a past trauma no longer speak . Azucena works along with his best friend , the feisty Paqui: Diana Peñalver, at a photo lab . She has just broken up with his boyfriend when meets a new sweetheart , a sculptor who blinded by jealous attempts to rape her . She flees and suddenly sees a vision , Virgen Maria : Myriam De Maetzu . Soon after, Azucena arrives in a night club where meets the mysterious stripper Narciso : Gustavo Salmeron , and both of whom fall in love . But his parents, Simon Andreu , Amparo Muñoz , will stop at nothing to break their loving relationship .

A bizarre and barroque film plenty of surprises , emotion , passion , excessive melodrama , strange happenings , freaks galore and avant-garde design .The picture has Buñuel's surrealism, miracles , South American Culebron style , Almodovarian characters and many other things . The movie blends various genres, such as drama , musical , comedy , gothic terror and religious cinema . Including an attractive relationship beween a weird couple , as they will do anything to maintain united , sharing their secrets with each other to reinforce their love , though things go wrong . Starring Mercedes Ortega at his film debut , she gives a charming acting as a wonderful girl who has fear of sex and physical contact , hiding herself in her own sheltered world until she meets the Santa Virgen .And acceptable interpretation from Gustavo Salmeron as the suffering travestite who harbors a lot of secrets in his existence and will soon come to light . Support cast is pretty good , such as Simon Andreu as the sadomasochist and monstruous father , and Amparo Muñoz as the unbalanced mother .Furthermore , Diana Peñalver , Micky Molina , Maria Asquerino and Myriam De Maetzu.

Well produced by Julio Fernandez from Filmax Production . Julio Fernandez has financed several films of all kinds of genres , such as Terror : Rec saga , Dagon , Arachnid, Beyond Reanimator , Mientras duermes , Transsiberian, Paintball , Faust ; Cartoon : El Cid , Donkey Xote , Goomer , Copito Nieve ; Drama : Bullying , Tapas , The way , Bosque de sombras . It contains a sensitive and thrilling musical score by Carlos Cases . Colorful cinematography by Angel Luis Fernandez , but an urgent remastering being extremely necessary . The motion picture was professional but strangely directed by Elio Quiroga . The movie had a big success at Sitges festival where Quentin Tarantine really surprised himself and gave awesome critics , as well as Guillermo Del Toro . Quiroga is a good writer , producer and director . He has made shorts , documentary anda few films such as Custion de tiempo , La hora fria and Nodo .The yarn will appeal to cult movie fans .

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26 October 1996 (Spain) See more »

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Dolby SR


Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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