Arde Madrid (2018)
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Madrid 1961. Ana Mari is a spinster, lame, a follower of Franco and an instructor in the Female Section. Following Franco's orders, she begins to work as a maid at Ava Gardner's home with a mission of spying on her. For this, she must pretend to be married to Manolo, a hustler who will become the American actress' chauffeur. Manolo tries to take advantage of his position for his dodgy dealings with gypsy clans, and ends up involving Ana Mari and her schizophrenic brother, Floren. Little by little, this leads to an intimate relationship between them. Together with a young maid, Pilar, they will serve during the continuous parties that Ava and her circle enjoy in the Dolce Vita reserved for the elite in Madrid. Parties that will create growing tensions with her downstairs neighbors, none other than General Perón and his wife, recently exiled from Argentina.
In Franco's Madrid in the early 1960s, Ana Mari is a loyal, conservative soul who teaches young ladies how to be good housewives and mothers. So when Ana Mari is asked to work at Ava Gardner's to spy on her for the government, she doesn't think twice. There's a catch to the job, though. For one, she and Ava's chauffeur Manolo have to pose as husband and wife. But Manolo is exactly Ana's opposite: a happy-go-lucky wheeler and dealer always trying to make a buck on the side. Plus, Ava's liberal lifestyle is the exact opposite of Ana Mari's own moral code. Thus, Ana Mari is in for quite a ride; whether it's the Hollywood megastar's all-night parties robbing their neighbor, Argentinian dictator Juan Perón, of his cherished sleep, or bringing a wasted Ava back to life after nights danced away with the local Dolce Vita crowd at Madrid's hippest clubs. In all the turmoil, Ana Mari barely notices how she herself is changing and actually beginning to fall for that crazy, lightheaded Manolo.
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