Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman

DVD - 2008
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Luis, a homosexual, and Valentin, a political prisoner are mismatched cell mates in a South American prison. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. Eventually, the two men come to understand and respect one another.


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May 13, 2014

This is a 1985 Brazilian-American drama directed by Héctor Babenco, based on the novel of the same name.
Two very different men share a prison cell in Brazil during the Brazilian military government.
Valentin Arregui is imprisoned due to his activities on behalf of a leftist revolutionary group,
and Luis Molina is a homosexual in prison for having sex with an underage boy.
Molina passes the time by recounting memories from one of his favorite films---a wartime romantic thriller that's also a Nazi propaganda film.
This film within a film actually mirrors the story of Molina and Arregui.
I expected this movie to be something like a female version of the Spiderman.
If you do like me, you would be disappointed.
This movie has nothing to do with a superheroine.

Jan 02, 2014

30 years ago, this was a groundbreaking film. Sadly, it hasn't aged well. In fact, it stinks! Well acted, yet idiotic plot contrivances send this one to the bottom of the cesspool. The fantasy sequences with Sonia Braga come off best. The lengthy coda, which details the Hurt character's release from prison, falls totally flat.

Aug 01, 2013

An ethically and morally complex film based on genuine and escapist dialogue with a strange twist of trust and confidence between two strangers thrust together in a jail cell.

Jul 02, 2012

This is an interesting movie with complex undertones. It is a combination of an intellectual story, and a story within a story. Recommended for people who like to think.

Dec 21, 2011

a well put together show, good entertainment.


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