Carmela (courageous and
spontaneous), Paulino (pragmatic and cowardly) and Gustavete (mute)
are minstrels who perform for the leisure of the republican side
during the Spanish Civil War. They are a group of comedians who do
their best to amuse the republican soldiers but they're growing
tired of having to endure so much hardship at the front.
Carmela, Paulino and Gustavete head off for Valencia but mistakenly
end up in a region under the control of the nationalist side.
There, they are taken prisoner and the only way they can save their
lives is by giving a performance to a group of nationalist army
officers, which goes against the grain of their own ideology.
Awards and festivals
* THIRTEEN GOYA AWARDS (SPANISH ACADEMY AWARD):
- Best Film.
- Best Director: Carlos Saura.
- Best Leading Actress: Carmen Maura.
- Best Leading Actor: Andrés Pajares.
- Best Supporting Actor: Gabino Diego.
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Carlos Saura, Rafael Azcona.
- Best Editing: Pablo G. del Amo.
- Best Sound.
- Best Special Effects.
- Best Art Direction.
- Best Costume Design.
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
- Best Production Supervision.
* TWO NOMINATIONS AT THE GOYA AWARDS:
- Best Original Music: Alejandro Massó.
- Best Photography: José Luis Alcaine.
* EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:
Carmen Maura, Best actress.
* MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL:
Andrés Pajares, Best actor.