Kiss of the Spider Woman
- 2 hr
Based on the novel of the same name by Manuel Puig, Kiss of the Spider Woman is brought to cinematic life by Argentine director Hector Babenco. The film stars the late Raul Julia, Sonia Braga and William Hurt, who won an Oscar for his performance. Julia plays Valentin Arregui, a political prisoner in a South American prison where he is tortured on a daily basis. Valentin works as a journalist in support of a left wing group that is in opposition to the current government. In a cell across from Valentin, is prisoner Luis Molina, played by Hurt. Luis is, without a doubt, a flamboyant homosexual who delights in offending Valentin. To entertain himself through the endless hours of the day in prison, Luis reenacts scenes from many of his favorite romantic movies. Luis even invents his own stories of which he plays the heroine. Slowly but surely, the two prisoners form an unlikely friendship. It becomes increasingly obvious to Valentin, that Luis is falling in love with him. When Luis is eventually released from prison, he asks the heterosexual Valentin if he can have a kiss. At the heart of the story is the issue of betrayal versus love. Does Luis betray Valentin's secrets to their captures, or does love win out in the end?