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Spain, 1981 (MIFF 1982)

Director: Carlos Saura

Juan comes home late one evening and must listen to his parents' accusations of always being late. Nobody believes his excuse that he had stayed late at school. In fact, his uncle immediately grabs the telephone; Juan will have to tell the same story to the principal. He meekly admits he has been to the movies. There he stands, hopeless and helpless.

Juan is no longer a schoolboy, but now a grown man. What has brought him to the point of having to justify being late? Is he dreaming? Have things slipped out of chronological order? Who are these people around him?

Dream and memory, the dramatized past and reflection of his life up to this point become intertwined. People are resurrected, roles are redistributed: the curtain rises on a psychodrama of his childhood.

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