In a small village, the gender-fluid brothel owner La Manuela and their daughter want to seduce the recently returned macho Pancho, who feels his manhood threatened. Meanwhile, a greedy capitalist is trying to buy the whole village and Manuela’s brothel is the final holding required for a monopoly.
Based on the novel by José Donoso, this is considered by many to be Arturo Ripstein’s most celebrated film. A daring story for its time, it criticizes the stereotype of the Mexican male while touching on issues like transvestism and sex work-where the brothel acts as a potent metaphor for hell.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne, 1996, Belgium
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France