Hector Babenco’s enigmatic, affecting drama from 1985 is a wholly strange film. It stars William Hurt in his Oscar-winning role as a sensitive, lonely homosexual, like a character out of Genet, and Raul Julia as a self-hating revolutionary. The pair is stuck in a South American prison cell. They pass the time telling stories. Eventually, they even form a unique bond.

It is perhaps the most misleading title and cover art of any film. There are no spiderwomen (except in a brief story told by Hurt). This is an intimate, powerful drama from the director of Pixote and Carandiru and screenwriter Leonard Schrader (Mishima).

Grade: A Kiss of the Spiderwoman is currently available.