Later, he remarked to his concerned female agent and production manager Judit Garcia (Blanca Portillo): "Everything's already happened to me.
All that's left is to enjoy life."In the story related in flashback about the early 1990s, Penelope Cruz portrayed Magdalena Rivero (or "Lena") - the secretary of rich and corrupt Madrid stockbroker Ernesto Martel (Jose Louis Gomez).
He claimed that she was 'dead' when she asked where she was:"You're in a funeral home. I can talk to those between life and death..help them make the transition... Eliot just put them on the table.""You're in a funeral home. As with many of the previous R-rated (or unrated) films, it was soundly denounced as exploitative, crude, and unfunny, with lots of excuses to project breasts (often unnaturally enhanced) at the screen.[Note: The next film, American Reunion (2012), brought together many of the original stars from American Pie (1999) to continue the tale of the teens 13 years later - now struggling with sex at middle-age.] "Faster. They were aggravated by the sound of dying acorns falling onto their roof, a foreboding of death: "Everything that used to be beautiful about Eden was perhaps hideous. Nothing was ever different." Deacon: "What did you really want from life? When she was released, He found some prideful satisfaction functioning as her therapist, clinically, coldly and analytically struggling to help his emotionally-wounded wife to regain her physicality, and conquer her anxieties and fears.He asked for her measurements (36-26-36) and other aspects of her physical appearance.She obliged by letting him feel her face, kiss her lips, strip off her purple tank top to feel her bare breasts, and then make love on the sofa.With great effort, He crawled into the woods to the shelter of a fox-hole, where he was betrayed by the sound of a cawing crow. When the three beggars arrive, someone must die." Calling herself a "scheming woman" that was "false" in many ways (false in legs, thighs, breast, teeth, hair, eyes), She then had a vision of seeing herself witnessing Nic's death.
In the final chapter of the film, ("The Three Beggars"), She located him, apologized and dragged him back to the cabin, where he asked: "Did you want to kill me? Afterwards, as she begged: "hold me," She performed a graphic, self-abusive genital mutilation (clitoridectomy) by shockingly cutting off her own clitoris, seen in close-up, with a pair of rusty scissors - and then shrieked in pain. I woke up every day, shower, drove in the same traffic to work, went home, went to sleep, woke up again. She accused her husband of being "distant" and "indifferent" to whether their child was dead or alive. In chapter one ("Grief"), after a month in a hospital with traditional treatment and medications, She couldn't erase her self-blaming guilt during an abnormally long recovery period.In an early scene before the flashback, aging and blinded filmmaker-screenwriter Mateo Blanco/"Harry Caine" (Lluis Homas) was with a young blonde, blue-eyed model (Kira Miro) in his apartment.She had helped him to cross the road and had just read him the newspaper (he learned about the death of someone from his past - corrupt early-1990s financier-businessman Ernesto Martel).When Ernesto found out that she earned money on the side as a call-girl, discreetly named Severine, he desired her services as a client.