Cuchillos de Fuego (1989)

Countries - Spain, Venezuela  |  
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In the present, the young man (Miguel Angel Landa) in this story works in the circus as the assistant to the star in the knife-throwing act. An accomplished knife-thrower himself, he is inspired (if that is the right word) by the events in his past which have put him in this situation. As a boy, he and his mother were thrown out of the house by his father for no apparent reason, except that she was too saintly and the boy was too much trouble. Shortly after that, the boy saw his mother raped and killed. The rage he feels over those crimes so overshadows him that when he throws knives, the blades shimmer with flame. Eventually he runs across his mother's murderer, and forms an almost romantic bond with the man as he experiences powerful flashbacks of his earlier life, but finally he gets his revenge. The story to this film is based on the director's play Todo Bicho de Uña.