Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
With a screenplay by the Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez and noted Mexican director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, who also directed this film, there are several inventive and whimsical facets to this story about an ill-fated love. When Hector (Hector Bonilla) comes back from his usual night of burglarizing houses, he is surprised to find his former love María (María Rojo) in his apartment, dressed in a wedding gown. María breaks down as she tells Hector how she has been jilted at the altar, and later she turns on some tap water and milk comes pouring out -- for María is a real magician. The two soon re-establish their affection for each other, and María convinces Hector to give up his life as a cat burglar and join her in putting on a magic show. Hector agrees, and the couple begin a new career together. But just as their show becomes better known, María's van breaks down on the road and she hitches a ride with a busload of very strange-looking people, disembarking at an insane asylum. The more she argues that she is perfectly sane, the less anyone believes her -- sanity is not easily recognizable, apparently. So María is literally imprisoned, while Hector becomes convinced she has left him for good. Time goes by. Will Hector find María at the asylum? And if so, what happens then? Classic García-Márquez all the way, the political and sociological aspects of this ultimately absurd situation are told with a wry sense of humor.
bad-guy-turns-good, going-straight, hitchhiker, husband, love, magic, marriage, mental-institution, one-against-odds, romance, Spain, trapped, traveling