Directed by Carlos Saura • 1978 • Spain
Starring Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis Gómez, Xabier Elorriaga
Carlos Saura returns to the potent themes of trauma and repression that run through nearly all of his 1970s films that deal, in one way or another, with the psychological effects of authoritarianism. Geraldine Chaplin delivers an arresting performance as an actor playing a victim of torture in a play based in part on the 1976 Argentine coup d’état, who becomes romantically involved with the show’s director Luis (José Luis Gómez). Things take a sinister turn, however, when Luis begins receiving threatening letters demanding that he halt the production.