The story of two radically different men thrown together in a Latin American prison cell. One is Valentin, a journalist being tortured for his political beliefs. The other is Molina, a window-dresser who fills their lonely nights by spinning romantic fantasies drawn from memories of old movies.
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Interesting character drama works in large part to the excellent performances of Raul Julia and William Hurt. It goes on a bit too long, and takes a few credibility-stretching turns, but the strengths of the acting and a few visually impressive sequences make it a compelling piece of work.
Juggles multiple narratives with remarkable clarity, distinction and dexterity, boasts a pair of mesmerizing, complex and sympathetic powerhouse performances, and, ultimately, emerges as a truly beautiful deconstruction and celebration of male sensitivity. One of the most engaging and moving films I've ever seen.
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