La Viuda de Montiel (1979)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Cuba, Mexico  |  
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This routine, slightly wooden political and social drama contrasts the difference between the way a widow perceives her husband and how he really was. Geraldine Chaplin is Adelaida, widow of Montiel (Nelson Villagra), who grieves for her dead husband based on her life with him. As circumstances unfold, Adelaida slowly begins to piece together a picture of what her husband was like in the eyes of others. He is clearly hated. Eventually, she discovers that he would capitulate to whatever dictatorship came to power, betraying people who had supported him in the past if they were now on the wrong side of the political divide. Adelaida herself may be a stand-in for the privileged few who see things through their own filtered lenses.