When the single middle-aged Luis travels from Barcelona to bury the remains of his mother in the vault of his family in Segovia, he is lodged by his aunt Pilar in her old house where he spent his summer of 1936 with her.
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Sex, religion, family, politics, madness. Saura returns to his thematic motifs of the period in this melancholic, bittersweet, surrealist meditation on the past, on childhood, on memories. Though not nearly as well known as Cria Cuervos, it deserves to be ranked among Saura's greatest films.