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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman is a 1985 drama film directed by Argentine-Brazilian filmmaker Héctor Babenco, and adapted by Leonard Schrader from the 1976 Manuel Puig novel of the same name. William Hurt, Raul Julia, and Sônia Braga star in the leading roles, with supporting roles by José Lewgoy, Milton Gonçalves, Míriam Pires, Nuno Leal Maia, Fernando Torres, and Herson Capri.

Plot

The film centres on a dialogue between two very different individuals who share a prison cell in Brazil during the Brazilian military government: Valentin Arregui, who is imprisoned (and has been tortured) due to his activities on behalf of a leftist revolutionary group, and Luis Molina, an effeminate homosexual in prison for having sex with an underage boy.

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