Kiss of the Spider Woman Movie Review Summary

Actors: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga

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The film is an intense South American prison drama about two inmates; Luis Molina (Hurt) a homosexual, the other Valentin Arregui (Julia), a political prisoner. In a brutal, filthy Brazilian prison two men sharing a cell are incarcerated for very different reasons. Molina has been arrested for having sexual relations with a 16-year old boy. Arregui is a journalist who has spoken out against the fascist regime in command of the country. During their long and difficult ordeal, Molina attempts to break up the monotony by retelling a romantic movie drama from the 40's about Nazis and nightclub singers. The female lead in his imaginary movies is a beautiful woman named Leni (Braga).
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All the while, Arregui is tortured in an attempt to make him reveal the identity of his co-conspirators. Part of the torment is poison placed in the food making Molina and then Arregui violently ill. Molina cares for his ailing cellmate and helps clean him after a foul bout with diarrhea. Eventually they come to rely on each other for their very existence. It becomes evident that Molina is cooperating with the warden, trying to learn information from Arregui in exchange for favors such as leaving the prison to visit his aging mother and bringing food in for them.

Arregui warms up to his cellmate, relating the story of his capture and the woman he loves, Marta (Braga). Finally the last movie Molina conjures up for his cellmate is about a “Spiderwoman” (Braga). He is paroled but followed by agents from the prison as he makes a rendezvous with a contact of Arregui. He is intercepted, while Arregui in prison drifts into delirium, dreaming of Marta.
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Script Analysis of Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   abuse in prison story Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   molestation    -   Gay guys!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--women    -   seeing full frontal--men Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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