On a journey through Spain, the French writer Prosper Merimee (Jay Benedict) is forced by fate to be the witness of a story of passion. The free, enigmatic nature of a woman called Carmen (Paz Vega), her southern beauty, her passionate, impulsive character turn the sergeant, Jose (Leonardo Sbaraglia), into the victim and protagonist of a fatalistic chain of extraordinary events, turbulent loves, uncontrollable passions, jealousy and bloodshed. Aranda brilliantly casts Spains manliest actress of the moment Paz Vega to play Carmen in the kind of steamy role she revels in, with one of the most popular actors in Latin American Cinema today, Leonardo Sbaraglia (Intacto, Utopia) playing the role of Jose. —IMDb
Vicente Aranda (born on 9 November 1926 in Barcelona), is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer.
Due to his refined and personal style, he is one of the most renowned Spanish filmmakers. He started as a founded member of the Barcelona School of Film and became known for bringing contemporary Spanish novels to life on the big screen. Aranda is famous for exploring difficult social issues and variations on the theme of desire that employs the codes of melodrama.
Love as uncontrollable passion, eroticism and cruelty are constant themes in his filmography. The frank examination of sexuality is one of the trademarks of his work as can be seen in his most internationally successful film: Amantes (1990) (Lovers). —Wikipedia