Brilliant to look at and compellingly written, this Oscar-nominated Spanish film about nobility, honor and love is absolutely wonderful. Fernan-Gomez plays a nobleman who returns to his homeland in search of his true grandchild. Gomez's daughter-in-law, the beautiful Cuervo, had an affair while married to Gomez's son, and one of her two children is a product of that union.
Director Jose Luis Garci's deliberate pace works to the film's advantage, building up toward a powerful ending. Don't let the subtitles or two-and-a-half-hour running time stop you from seeing this gem.