Death and the Maiden

Synopsis: Paulina Escobar is a political activist whose husband is a prominent lawyer in an unnamed South American country just out of a dictatorship. One day a storm forces her husband to ride home with a neighbor. That chance encounter brings up demons from her past, as she is convinced that the neighbor (Dr. Miranda) was part of the old fascist regime that tortured and raped her, while blindfolded. Paulina takes him captive to determine the truth. Paulina is torn between her psychological repressions and somber memory, Gerardo is torn between his wife and the law, and Dr. Miranda is forced to endure captivity while husband and wife seek out the uncertain truth about the clouded past.
Director(s): Roman Polanski
Production: Fine Line Features
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

Oh, no, my love,

I believe we all agree...

including the president...

that you are

a highly intelligent man...

but it was dumb to put

a flat spare on the car.

Don't feel bad.

Even geniuses do dumb things.

So, did he ask you to head

the commission?

God, it's very hot in here,

isn't it?


It's the peak of your career.

Not the peak, I hope.

I meant the first peak.

You'll go from peak to peak,

I'm sure.

I'm very serious

about the spare.

You were supposed

to take care of it.

And how did he react

when you turned him down?

It's a very complicated


It's much, much more complicated

than we thought.

Shit. What am I going to do

about the car?

- F*ck the car.

- Great.

Are you going to tell me

what you said to the president?

Did you change his mind

about the rules?

Why don't I tell you

all about it later, OK?

I really don't want

to discuss it now.


Oh, come on!

- OK. Let's talk.

- Too late.

Nothing's been decided yet.

I told the president

I had to discuss it with you.

You told our brand-new president

you had to ask my permission?

Of course.

So you told him about me?

Of course not.

Listen, nobody knows about you.

No, somebody knows about me.

But I'm not talking about them.

Don't lie! I hate that.

What's the point?

I know you're lying.

What am I supposed to be

lying about?

Of course you said yes.

- OK. I'm sorry.

- God damn it!

Don't apologize.

You think you can pay

for anything with those words.

If you were really sorry...

you would've said no

to this whitewash.

You would've said,

"No, Mr. President...

"I won't dignify this betrayal!"

- It's not a betrayal.

- Bullshit.

We have to move very slowly.

I can get the commission

to accomplish a great deal.

What will happen to the men you

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Rafael Yglesias

Rafael Yglesias (born May 12, 1954) is an American novelist and screenwriter best known for the 1993 movie Fearless, which he adapted from his own novel of the same name. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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