Synopsis by Nathan Southern
In Manuel Iborra's period-dress comedy La Dama Boba (aka Lady Nitwit, 2006), two 17th century sisters actively flee the patriarchal chauvinism and insensitivity that plagues their era. Each woman opts for a different route to get away from her suitors: one becomes a bibliophile and thus evades social interaction, the other disguises her intelligence by pretending to be the titular nitwit. But soon, two prospective lovers turn their heads, and ignite a feisty, funny competition between the girls that neither woman could have foreseen. In time, the sister widely perceived as ignorant reveals herself as the far more ingenious and cunning of the two siblings.