Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Flamboyant queen Molina (Hurt) and aggressive straight revolutionary Valentin (Julia) share a prison cell in an unnamed Latin American dictatorship. Molina, to Valentin's decreasing disgust, escapes the cell walls by recounting the camp French Resistance film of the title. The performances of Hurt and Julia win votes by the minute, Babenco directs their growing relationship with subtlety and depth, and the structure - mixing flashback, arch movie fantasy and powerful cell sequences - knocks the shit out of the gimmicks in Schrader's dubious Mishima. A film of fine balance and tone, not least in the dramatic turnaround ending.

By: JG

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Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hector Babenco
Screenwriter: Leonard Schrader
Cast: William Hurt
Raúl Julia
Sonia Braga
José Lewgoy
Milton Gonçalves
Miriam Pires
Nuno Leal Maia

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