Watch Of Love and Shadows
- 1 hr 43 min
Of Love and Shadows is a historically focused drama-romance directed by Betty Kaplan. Starring Antonio Banderas as Francisco and Jennifer Connelly as Irene, the film is based upon the book by Isabel Allende and Donald Freed wrote the screenplay. The movie was mostly filmed on location in Chile. The story follows wealthy fashion magazine editor, Irene. As a rather innocent member of the upper class, she is engaged to military captain, Gustavo who happens to be her cousin. She meets and hires the dashing Francisco (Banderas), a former psychiatrist turned photographer. The entire country is in a perpetual and very chaotic state of emergency. The opposition are all hunted down, murdered and then the bodies buried in unmarked graves. Many of these events are based upon real occurrences from the 1970s under Chilean leader Pinochet. Francisco is the descendent of revolutionaries. He and his brother, a priest, are working clandestinely to disseminate the message about the numerous atrocities that the Chilean government is responsible for. When Irene becomes aware of some of these hideous acts on a first-hand basis, she makes the decision to assist the revolutionaries. Breaking out of her sheltered life, Irene is very anxious to help with the investigation. All the while, she has begun realizing that she does not love her intended, Gustavo. As a result of her intense work Francisco, they eventually fall very deeply in love. Trouble ensues for the couple when their work exposes them so that the government and military begin to heavily scrutinize all of their activities. Irene and Francisco decide to visit a woman believed to be a saint named Evangelina for guidance. Her abilities are proven when she demonstrates superhuman strength, lifting a man off the ground and hurling him through the air after the military arrive. As crimes continue to be exposed, Irene is gunned down in the street, though manages to survive. The military closely watches Irene in the hospital. As soon as she shows some improvement, the revolutionaries arrange to sneak her out of the hospital. She and Francisco escape to a relaxing spa where Irene can continue to recuperate. After ten days at the mountain hideaway, Irene has gained enough strength so that she and Francisco are able to depart on horseback when the military arrive to capture them. They travel to Spain, where they are able to live a nice life in hiding for over fifteen years. After democracy is restored in Chile, they return in 1989.