In 1900, Manuel leaves his village to move to Madrid, where he begins working as an errand boy in the same boarding house as his mother. He falls in love with a young seamstress, but after a series of setbacks he joins a gang of thieves.
Based on the novel by Pío Baroja.
Winner of 2 CEC Awards, at Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 1967: Best Actress (Emma Penella); and, Best Director (Angelino Fons)
Winner of a Volpi Cup, at Venice Film Festival 1966: Best Actor (Jacques Perrin)
Nominated to a Golden Lion, at Venice Film Festival 1966: Angelino Fons