Dir. Pedro Almodovar. 1983, 114 min. Spanish, with English subtitles.
The film opens with a homage to the unsung lesbian classic All About Eve, when the number-one fan of cabaret singer Yolanda comes backstage to get an autograph. The fan is the Mother Superior in a Madrid convent devoted to fallen women, who in penance adopt humiliating names – from the charming Sor Manure to the delightful Sor Sewage Rat. When Yolanda gets into a scramble with local drug-dealers, she uses the convent as a hideout. As it turns out, she is not the only one there with a criminal past, and she is not the first pretty young woman ‘rescued’ by Mother Superior. Everyone in the convent has a secret (or two), and the addition of Yolanda into the mix brings the sisters to boiling point. The amazing cast, including some of the best actresses in Spain, treat these insane characters with the utmost respect, and the result is, strangely enough, more sweet than it is blasphemous.
Cast and Creatives
Director / Script
Cristina Sánchez Pascual