Albertina, a pretty university student, is hired by a bedridden widow to take care of her and her four children. Helping out around the house she soon discovers the kids live a life of their own, independent of their mother, who neglects them. The atmosphere of the place is both fascinating and unhealthy and Albertina gradually finds herself stuck in it so that although a young lawyer falls for her, she won’t follow him out of the house.
Leopoldo Torre Nilsson’s international reputation is based on a handful of films made in the late 1950s and at the very beginning of the 1960s, but his career as a director spanned three decades. In addition, through his father, the director Leopoldo Torre Rios, he had direct links with the pioneering days of Argentine cinema. Born in Buenos Aires of part Spanish-Catholic, part Swedish-Protestant ancestry, he began his involvement with cinema at the age of fifteen, when he became his father’s assistant. In all, he worked as assistant director on sixteen of his father’s films. He also scripted ten features in the 1940s before making his directing debut with a short film, El Muro, in 1947. His feature debut, El Crimen de Oribe, the first of two films co-directed with his father, already shows some signs of his future concerns: literary adaptation (the film was from a short story by Adolfo Bioy Casares) and stylistic experiment. The same is true of his first solo feature… read more