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Cuando tejen las arañas (1979)

Laura is a pretty, sexually repressed rich girl whom has spent most of her life in a Swiss Boarding School. When she returns to Mexico City, she is restless and bored. She's upset to find ... See full summary »

Director:

Roberto Gavaldón

Writers:

Fernando Galiana (screen story), Vicente Leñero (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alma Muriel ... Laura
Jaime Moreno ... Alex
Raquel Olmedo ... Julia
Carlos Piñar ... Sergio
Angélica Chain Angélica Chain ... Claudia
Alfredo Leal Alfredo Leal ... Daniel
Adriana Page Adriana Page ... Lorena, la modelo
Gustavo Rojo ... Padre de Laura
Argentina Morales Argentina Morales ... Manuela, ama de llaves
Armando Sáenz Armando Sáenz ... Licenciado
Ricardo Fuentes Ricardo Fuentes ... Psychiatrist
Marcelo Villamil Marcelo Villamil ... Doctor abortista
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Laura is a pretty, sexually repressed rich girl whom has spent most of her life in a Swiss Boarding School. When she returns to Mexico City, she is restless and bored. She's upset to find that her mother is openly having an affair with a younger man, and that her father is secretly following suit. When he's being blackmailed, her father commits suicide. Shocked, she marries Gustavo, her childhood sweetheart in a haste, only to find that he was her father's secret lover and that he's gay and sadistic. This sends her reeling into the modeling scene, working ceaselessly on magazines and fashion shows. Then she has a complicated relationship with celebrity photographer Alex. Her only support comes from her former schoolmate Regina, a prim and proper heiress. When Alex abandons her for a transvestite, Laura is devastated and is then drugged and raped by Regina and her strange Jamaican "maid". It turns out that Regina plotted everything to drive her friend to despair and then, entrap her in... Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 March 1979 (Mexico) See more »

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Conacite Dos See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gavaldon hesitate between liberation and constraint
8 January 2012 | by chris-810-745673See all my reviews

Even when best years of director Roberto Gavaldon had pasted away, this is his way for adopting new tendencies in Mexican cinema, which topics, in 1970s, became more sexually open and tried to be critic about this and other social matters.

Alma Muriel plays Laura, a similar character to others she played later in more famous films like "Amor libre" or "Retrato de una mujer casada". The apparent stability of young and rich Laura is disturbed by her sexual attraction for handsome photographer Alex (Jaime Moreno).

People around Laura, mother and friends, feels more natural in that ambient pictured by Gavaldon sometimes liberated sometimes corrupted, and in certain manner they are the spiders trying to introduce Laura in that new (and now kind of normal) situations.

At the end, Cuando tejen las arañas, is moralist for Laura, showing risks as a punishment for experimenting with new and prohibited things, like pre-marital sex or the use of drugs.

A little slow and showing abundant nudity always from long distance, Gavaldón is not fully convinced in his style applied to this topics.


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