Barcelona, 1913. Alma is perhaps the most modern woman of her time. Her father is the most prestigious brain surgeon in the country. His husband is also her psychiatrist, and a disciple of a certain revolutionary Doctor called Freud.
Barcelona, 1913. Alma is perhaps one of the most modern women of her day.Her husband, Dr. Leon Pardo, is a psychiatrist. This summer, he visited Vienna and became a follower of the revolutionary Dr. Sigmund Freud and his advanced theories about hysteria and sexuality. It all starts the afternoon Alma comes home and finds her husband in tears, about to disappear from her life and everyone else's. Giving no more explanation than a few incoherent mumbles, Leon runs off, leaving Alma alone and about to give birth. Salvador is Alma's brother-in-law and a psychiatrist as well. He is much more conservative man than Leon, is deeply in love with Alma. The only clue they have is a manuscript about hysteria and female sexuality based on four patients: An actress with a persecution complex; a psychotic woman who tried to murder her husband; a woman with a serious crisis concerning her sexual identity; a stranger who has discovered a terrible secret about her past. Following those signs, Alma and ...Written by
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Incredibly entertaining satirical take on society..
So I got to see this movie at the Sundance Film Festival and I'll admit, I bought tickets to this film because it was in Spanish and I wanted to practice my skills in that language, but, man, was I more than pleasantly surprised by this film. It was hilarious and beautiful and did I mention hilarious and beautiful? The set decoration was amazing, as was the costuming and cinematography, they were all so Art Nouveau and muted with amazing decoration, even if you don't like the story, you'll appreciate the visual beauty of the film. The story itself is so crazy and complicated that I don't think I could explain it, other than it makes fun of Freud, Spanish society pre-WWI and all sorts of other institutions and will make you laugh out loud, even if you don't speak Spanish. I wouldn't recommend this film to younger children, some teenagers might appreciate it, it's engaging enough to hold their attention, but they might not understand all of it. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys film and fun.
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