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

All the monkeys

were back in their cages...

in time for the matinee.

The circus will be in town

two more weeks.

Thanks to early morning

rush hour fog...

twenty-three cars, four trucks,

and one bike...

were in a massive fender bender.

Luckily, no serious injuries.

Highway patrol reports traffic

moving briskly.

It's seven o'clock. Here's

a recap of today's top stories.

On his second day in office...

President Romero fulfilled

a campaign promise today.

He announced the formation...

of a commission

on human rights violations.

The commission will investigate

acts of torture and murder...

that took place

between 1975 and 1980...

under the military junta.

Rumors swept the capital

about who will be named...

to chair the controversial

and powerful committee.

Attorney Gerardo Escobar,

civil rights activist...

and on the short list

for Minister of Justice...

met with the president

for an hour this afternoon.

...president's office

has refused to comment.

Informed sources said...

Mr. Escobar has accepted

the committee chairmanship.

In other news, as expected,

President Romero appoint...

Quite sure you won't come in?

No, thanks.

Home and a hot bath.

Me, too. Sorry for the trouble.

- No problem.

- Then why not drop in someday?

Thanks again and good-bye.

You know it's crazy...

I never introduced myself.

Gerardo Escobar.

Dr. Roberto Miranda.

Nice to meet you.

If you're ever passing...

- Escobar the lawyer?

- That's right.

It's OK. It's me!

- Power's out. Again.

- Sh*t.

Did you have an accident?

A flat in this.

Can you believe it?

What a nightmare.

You want a towel?

Oh, God.

Who was that?

It was the guy

who stopped to help me.

I practically threw myself

in front of his car.

He didn't have a lot of choice.

You made a lovely dinner.

I'm sorry.

I was going to be here on time.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Not your fault.

Stop apologizing.

It's only chicken.

Why are you wet?

I was looking for you...

patiently awaiting my captain's

return from the sea.

It blew out about a mile

past the lighthouse.

Right in the middle of nowhere.

Be a good girl.

How'd the meeting go?

I always forget how deserted

that shore road is.


if that guy hadn't come along...

I'd still be stuck.

- He has a house here?

- Yeah, on Salt Pond.

Really was very good of him.

He went way out of his way

to take me home.

This suit is completely ruined.

What a nightmare.

The phones are out, too.


I have to call a tow truck.

We have no car.

He drove me to a gas station,

but it was closed.

I don't want to leave it

out there.

Anything could happen.


You're not having any?

I ate.

I was hungry. I'm sorry.

Now you're apologizing...

but you're apologizing

for the wrong reasons.

When you get a flat tire...

most people...

actually all people...

go to their trunk and get what?

An interrogation...

my favorite thing in life.

A spare tire.

Uh-huh. A spare tire.

In the pouring rain,

wearing their best suit...

they jack up the car,

remove the flat...

getting dirtier until,

after a grueling struggle...

they finally put the spare on.

This is a brilliant narrative,

full of surprises.

I didn't know that

all people who change tires...

wear their best suits.

Just the classy jerks, like me.

A complete physical wreck,

I finally get the spare on...

only to watch it sag.

You had two blowouts?

No. You're not listening to me.

The spare was flat.

You never fixed it.

You didn't notice it was flat

until you'd put it on?

Well, that was dumb.

So, your conclusion is

I was dumb?

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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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