A fencing master in pre-revolution Spain is hired to teach fencing to a beautiful young woman. Although he has never taught a woman before he is fascinated by her and agrees. She wishes to learn a particular thrust which he is famous for. When a local nobleman becomes involved with her the intrigue begins.
Based on the novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
Winner of 3 Goya Awards 1993: Best Screenplay - Adapted (Francisco Prada, Antonio Larreta, Pedro Olea, Arturo Pérez-Reverte); Best Original Score (José Nieto); and, Best Costume Design (Javier Artiñano)
Winner of 4 Awards, at Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 1993: Best Film; Best Cinematography (Alfredo Mayo); Best Editing (José Salcedo); and, Best Score (José Nieto)
Winner of an ADIRCAE Award, 1993: Best actress (Assumpta Serna)
Winner of an Award, at Cognac Festival du Film Policier 1994: Best actress (Assumpta Serna)
Nominated to 8 Goya Awards 1993: Best Film; Best Director (Pedro Olea); Best Actress (Assumpta Serna); Best Cinematography (Alfredo Mayo); Best Production Design (Luis Vallés); Best Editing (José Salcedo); Best Make-Up and Hairstyles (Romana González, Josefa Morales); and, Best Production Supervision (Antonio Guillén Rey)