Two sisters, with an extreme case of sibling rivalry, each try to find success, love and status in 1960s Madrid. A melodrama inspired by Juan Antonio de Zunzunegui’s novel of the same name, this indisputable jewel of Spanish filmmaking was anathema to the Franco-era censors and its original release limited to a single commercial cinema. Rereleased in 2015, this portrayal of moral misery under the dictatorship is a forgotten masterpiece in the Italian neorealist style. A rarely seen portrait of life in Madrid, and a tableau of different social classes entwined in a tragic tale: abortion, prostitution, gambling, envy, hate, resentment, deceit, and above all the terrible plight of women in such a society.
Dr Stuart Green from the University of Leeds joins us for a post-screening discussion following the screening on Sun 9 Apr.