A work of Valle-Inclán, the story takes place in Galicia in the early twentieth century. To escape poverty, the wife of a sacristan uses a hydrocephalic child as a sideshow attraction. This causes a confrontation with her sister-in-law.
José Luis García Sánchez didn't like the first draft of the screenplay when he was asked to direct the movie, but instead of writing a new one, what he did was taking the play to the set and try to recreate the different scenes as faithfully as possible.
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