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Filmed by Chilean master Raúl Ruiz in 1990 but left unfinished until it was completed by his wife and collaborator Valeria Sarmiento in 2017, The Wandering Soap Opera is a dreamily interconnected series of vignettes that spoof on telenovela conventions while reflecting Ruiz's feelings upon returning to his native Chile after more than 15 years away. In one episode, a man seduces a woman by showing her his muscles, which are actually slabs of raw meat slapped into her hand. Later, the man has a gun pulled on him when he accuses a poet of plagiarism. Meanwhile, through the television screen, five women have lost their husbands after an earthquake and embrace a better future together. All along, back and forth across screens, people are watching.


  • Luis Alarcón
  • Patricia Rivadeneira
  • Francisco Reyes
  • Consuelo Castillo
  • Roberto Poblete
  • Liliana García
  • Mauricio Pesutic
  • Leticia Garrido
  • Marcial Edwards
  • Fernando Bordeu

Did You Know?


  • The footage that director Raoul Ruiz shot in Chile in November 1990 was finally edited together and released at the 70th Locarno International Film Festival in August 2017.
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