Obsessed with the topic of famous women who committed suicide, French writer Anna stumbles across the case of Mexican writer Antonieta Rivas Mercado, who took her own life in 1931 inside Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral.
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A better title for this film would be A Crash Course on Mexican History. Schygulla becomes interested in Adjani's character and travels to Mexico to learn more about her. But Antonieta, is seems, was at the center of Mexican history that it becomes impossible to tell her story without it. And this alone does not make for a good film. The characters become secondary and small details come to the spotlight instead.
Un film souvent considéré comme mineur dans l'oeuvre de Carlos Saura, qui manque de profondeur dans l'illustration des problèmes existentiels rencontrés par l'héroïne, dans un univers fortement machiste... www.cinefiches.com