Serna in Remarkable Nunsploitation Tragedy
Original Argentinean/Mexican Title: YO, LA
PEOR DE TODAS [I, The Worst of All]
director: Maria Luisa Bemberg
starring: Assumpta Serna · Dominique Sanda · Hector Alterio · Lautaro
Murua · Graciela Araujo
the mid 17th
Century, a Count and an Archbishop relocate from Spain to take their
new posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sister Juana Inés intrigues
them. The Count and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating while
the Bishop sees her as an example of the current laxity within the Catholic
religion. He manipulates the election for a new mother superior, the
severe Sister Ursula who is given the task of subduing the rebel nun.
Meanwhile, Virreina - the wife of the Count - visits Sister Juana often,
appealing to her intellectual side and convinces her to write passionate
poetry (which the Archbishop finds scandalous). The nun is punished
for her explicit compositions but the Count protects her. Then, he and
his wife are summoned back to Spain. With no one to intercept on Sister
Juana's behalf, she becomes the target for excessive retribution.
film is based on the true account of the infamous Mexican nun, Sister
Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695). It is a South American production,
directed by Argentinean Maria Luisa Bemberg, a respected writer/filmmaker
who helmed a handful of movies, but was better known for her political
activities with the Unión Feminista Argentina [Feminists of Argentina].
The film was submitted to the 63rd Academy Awards (in 1991) for the
'Best Foreign Language Film' category but was rejected for its
lesbian content. There is a true lesbian aspect to this film
as Sister Juana achieves her greatest triumphs while operating inside
the all-female world of the convent and - further - her writing reflects
an explicit female observation of women's oppression. However, unlike
[the only other example of Nunsploitation in Mexican Cinema] SATANICO
PANDEMONIUM, this one does not rely on flesh and sexual coupling
to make its point. Rather, here is a true-life tragedy about wasted
talent and unbridled misogyny within the Catholic Church.
actress Assumpta Serna [born María Asunción Rodés
Serna in Barcelona, September 1957] studied Law but abandoned it for
acting. Her career has spanned 125+ films worldwide and she has made
movies in all of the six languages she speaks: Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese,
French, Italian and English. Ms Serna has won more than twenty best
actress awards throughout the world since 1979. She is best known to
Cult fans for her performance in Jorge Grau's home-invasion thriller
CODE OF HUNTING and for her reoccurring role of the witch
Baba Yaga in the Italian TV series VALENTINA.
Assumpta Serna is still actively making movies today.
film with English subtitles; widescreen
109 minutes, encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include selected theatrical trailers..
for Mature Audiences