In post-War Franco’s Spain, a fourteen year-old boy discovers his first love at the point of his pencil, whilst drawing the portrait of a sickly but coquettish fifteen year-old girl. In the neighbourhood, an old freedom-fighter pits himself against bad types; Anita (Ariadna Gil), a pretty cinema-ticket girl, takes to the streets at night; and a young anarchist dedicates himself to telling tall stories.
In a black & white movie set in far away Shanghai, a hero of the Republic meets Chen (also Ariadna Gil), a beautiful femme fatale with oriental eyes.
Reality and fiction become fused in an embrace.
Gregorio Ros (makeup artist) and Pepito Juez (hair stylist) won the Premios Goya for Best Makeup; the movie also won for Best Production Design and Best Costume.