Synopsis by Rebecca Flint Marx
Set in post-Spanish Civil War 1947, this tale of spiritual renewal centers on Julia (Lydia Bosch), a writer and bank owner's daughter who becomes deeply depressed following the political incarceration of her boyfriend, painter Jose Miguel. Leaving her family's bourgeois home, Julia travels to the Asturian village of her childhood vacations, where she meets a host of people who invest her with a renewed sense of spirituality. Included among them are the sage Aunt Gala (Julia G. Caba), whose son, a Republican sympathizer, has been forced into hiding; Gala's daughter-in-law Pilara (Ana Fernandez), whose lack of social standing makes her feel awkward around Julia; Juanito (Manuel Lozano), Pilara's young son; schoolteacher Orfeo (Inaki Miramon); and priest Don Matias (Juan Diego). During the course of her time in the village, both Orfeo and Juanito fall for Julia, and their attractions take on an added weight when Julia receives news that Jose Miguel has died in prison.