The crying of the turtle

The cry of the turtle , also known under the title of “How did you lose your virginity? (In Spain), is a Mexican film of 1974 directed by Francisco of the Villar based on a script coescrito next to Vicente Leñero , with photograph of Gabriel Figueroa and whose protagonists are Jorge Rivero , Isela Vega , Hugo Stiglitz , Cecilia Pezet and Gregorio Casal .


Carlos is a cynical, depraved and arrogant architect who comes unless he lives a shaky relationship with his lover Diana, due to bad business and various gambling debts of that one, but the couple momentarily decides to leave aside their differences to go on a trip to Acapulco and celebrate there the birthday of Héctor, a friend of the whole life of Carlos, along with his sister, Isabel.

However from the first minute of the trip, and for the next 24 hours, the four characters (along with Sergio, the handsome and attentive servant of the house of Hector and Isabel) will be enveloped in a string of insults , grievances , envy , indirect, jealousy , lies , sex games, half – truths , orgies , ambitions and unspeakable secrets of childhood and adolescence that come to light, which threaten coexistence between them and they will as a consequence one abortion , one output Closet , murder , rape … and unpunished crime.


  • Isela Vega … Diana
  • Jorge Rivero … Carlos
  • Hugo Stiglitz … Héctor
  • Gregorio Casal … Sergio
  • Cecilia Pezet … Isabel
  • Miguel Ángel Ferriz … Young at the beach
  • José Chávez … Fisherman
  • Paco Sañudo … Inspector Ibarra
  • Heidi Otto … Lover of Sergio

Production Notes

This film was filmed in Acapulco and premiered on January 30, 1975 at the Chapultepec cinema in Mexico City , which remained on the billboard for three months.

The tape had a great impact on the Mexican society of the time because apart from being an acid critic to the excesses and abuses of power of the upper class, as well as the cult of hedonism that would characterize the 1970s , he dared to To speak without any kind of cover-up of issues with sexual denotations, which until then had been evaded (when not ignored) by the film industry of that country for fear of public reaction. On the other hand there also includes a series of dialogues between all the characters that invite you to reflect on life, the way you live and the dark aspects of the human being that one should learn to live with.

This film was the cinematographic debut of the Mexican actor Miguel Ángel Ferriz and, in parallel, it was one of the last tapes where Cecilia Pezet participated, since shortly after she would retire from the world of the show.

The original poster of the film was designed by German painter and graphic designer Helmut Bernhardt, who for the time lived in Mexico, and is currently considered a collector’s item.

With this film Francisco del Villar makes his farewell as a cinematographic director .

The film’s title alludes to a scene where Diana tells Carlos the story of a turtle that is going to live in the sea for a long time until, upon returning to the coast, he discovers that everything has changed and cries at Realize that nothing can be as it was before (interpreted as a metaphor about the loss of innocence and the consequent longing for the lived, as well as the fear of the unknown). However, contrary to what can be assumed, turtles do not cry but retain and process the salinity of the sea in glands next to their eyes and expel them in liquid form, so that these tend to be easily confused with tears .

It is said that this film has been, perhaps, the best acting work of Jorge Rivero.

This film was not released in Spain until 1978 and was made under the title of “How did you lose your virginity?” , Which can refer to two situations. The first, the public taunting that Carlos makes when recounting the wedding night of Diana, to which she appears to be a virgin, to highlight the lousy sexual life she had with her ex-husband. The second, that Isabel loses her virginity during the celebration of Hector’s birthday, with the servant Sergio, after multiple daydreams with his own brother.


  • García Riera, Emilio (1994). Documentary history of Mexican cinema. Vol. XVII: 1974-1976 . University of Guadalajara. P. 50. ISBN  968-895-661-9 .
  • Carrara, Miguel (2010). Today premiere: the cinema that the wind took . Mexico: Editorial Los Reyes. P. 344. ISBN  968-523-721-2 .