Hard to follow for those who are not knowledgeable about the history of Barcelona at the end of the 19th century, but a well-mounted historical drama with two glamorous stars, blonde idealistic Emma Suárez and dark, tormented Olivier Martinez. Onofre, a poor young man, comes to Barcelona seeking his fortune, and finds success elusive until he goes to the dark side. At the same time he falls in love with his landlord's daughter, who is an anarchist and involves him in violent and dangerous protests. The landlord turns out to be a transvestite, which gives the movie an odd and mysterious subplot. Onofre bails him out of jail because of his love for the daughter, but inexplicably rapes her, which destroys the love she had for him. For the rest of the movie he becomes richer and more evil, but is tormented by his love and tries to win her back. Many people are murdered for murky political reasons, or simply for money, and Onofre seems to have paid for most of them or done them himself. The movie should appeal to those who know about Barcelona history. A master's in Spanish did not make this viewer equal to the challenge, but will motivate some research into the real historical background and the novel the movie was based on.