This twisted film noir stars Dolores del Río in a dual role as rival twins. Maria is a poor manicurist while Magdalena is the recently widowed wife of a millionaire. Always the “bad girl,” Maria hatches a murderous plan to take her sister’s place.
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A masterpiece of cinematic perversion. One (good?) twin murders her (evil?) sister to take her place, a place full of security and luxury - only to fall victim to her sister's lifestyle of sex and violence. Her slow debasement is difficult to watch - rightly so - but del Rio gives a nuanced, empathetic performance, the twists come quickly, and the inky cinematography is shockingly beautiful.