Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears her sister tell somebody about her intention to sell all the family wealth. Once the money is gathered, she wishes to travel to Paris with the mysterious person and get rid of her brother and sister. Terrified, Paquita and Venancio confront their sister’s aggressions and kill her accidentally. —IMDb
Fernando Fernán-Gómez (August 29, 1921 – November 21, 2007) was a Spanish actor and director. He was born in Lima, Peru as his mother, Spanish actress Carola Fernán-Gómez, was making a tour of Latin America. Inheriting his surname as a stage name, he moved to Spain in 1924.
After the Spanish Civil War he began a study of Law but interrupted his studies to work in theater. In 1942 he began to work in cinema but also kept working in theater. He formed his own theater company and received awards for directing and writing. In the 1950s he began to direct movies, including the film of his novel, El viaje a ninguna parte. He was acclaimed for his 1958 comedy La vida por delante, which had a sequel, La vida alrededor. In 1977, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in The Anchorite. He won the award again at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival in 1985 for his role in Stico.
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Odd spanish old black comedy (Ladykillers-like, with that famous kind of backgroung music trying to mirror the whimsical/suspenceful moments in the plot) Insipired by a real-life unresolved murder mystery: the way the script resolves it is too lame for me.What a shame! (small, really)
The hidden treasure of Spanish cinema. Completed in 1964, released (limited) in 1969 and virtually unknown until long after. Masterpiece. Available with English subtitles, do not miss it! Special mention for EL MUNDO SIGUE, shot by Fernando Fernán Gómez the previous year, 1963, never theatrically released, and equally unforgettable and unrepeatable...