When weave spiders

When weave the spiders is a 1977 Mexican film directed by Roberto Gavaldón based on a screenplay by Francisco del Villar and Vicente Leñero and starring Alma Muriel , Carlos Piñar, Jaime Moreno and Angelica Chain .


Laura is a beautiful upper-class girl who returns to Mexico City after completing her studies in Geneva , but returning home is one of the worst disappointments of her life since in addition to learning that Julia, her mother, has maintained since Long before widowing a romance with Daniel (an interested taurine attorney younger than her), she reveals the unspeakable secret about her father’s relationship with his students, which ends up destroying Laura ‘s special relationship with him .

Laura tries to overcome this trauma when, at a party, she meets Alex, a famous photographer who offers her a job as a model , to which she accepts and little by little falls in love with him until they end up being lovers , but The relationship is doomed to failure because Alex, in addition to a few years ago was Julia’s lover, is only with Laura for sex so when she informs him that she is pregnant, the photographer rejects her and she, out of spite, ends Aborting the son he hoped to marry Sergio, a wealthy architect who had been his boyfriend for some years, and who is still in love with her.

In the beginning the marriage lives a good stage but, little by little, Sergio finishes neglecting it until becoming a work addict , reason why Laura returns to establish a loving relation with Alex, until its husband discovers the deceit and the pair ends Divorcing But the worst is about to come as, after an unrestrained night of alcohol , drugs and sex at a party at Alex’s house, Laura wakes up in terror, realizing that she has slept with men and women, Then shoot his lover while he slept.

However Alex survives and later, Laura is tried and sentenced to be held in a mental sanatorium , until, after and fully recovered, she ends up living with Claudia, a friend of hers who is bisexual and who was always in love with her, Finalizing the film.


  • Alma Muriel … Laura
  • Carlos Piñar … Sergio
  • Raquel Olmedo … Julia
  • Jaime Moreno … Alex
  • Alfredo Leal … Daniel
  • Angelica Chain … Claudia
  • Gustavo Rojo … Father of Laura
  • Argentina Morales … Manuela
  • Adriana Page … Lorena
  • Armando Sáenz … Doctor
  • Marcelo Villamil Lawyer
  • Antonio Escobar
  • Moris Gray
  • José Legarreta


The film won the Best Ambient Award (for Héctor González Morales) in the XVII Delivery of the Silver Goddess (1980).

Production Notes

The movie was filmed in Mexico City and Manzanillo , Colima and was released 22 of March of 1979 .

Originally this film was to be directed by Francisco del Villar who, as a curious note, had the habit of including animal names in the titles of his films like: The crows are in mourning (1965), The piranhas love in Lent (1969) , The Spring of the Scorpions (1971), The Feast of the Sheep (1972), The Monastery of the Vultures (1973), The Dogs of God (1974) and The Cry of the Turtle (1974).

This film ended up being the last one to be directed by Roberto Gavaldón since he preferred to retire from the show business by not agreeing, on the one hand, with the course that Mexican cinema was taking after the apogee of the so-called Cine de Filipe and, on the other hand , The policy adopted by Margarita López Portillo (who was in charge of the General Direction of Radio, Television and Cinematography at that time) to favor this type of productions. However, in 1981, Gavaldón wrote a script for a film about the heroine of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 , Carmen Serdán , which never came to be filmed.

The costumes used by Alma Muriel and Raquel Olmedo for this film were designed by the famous Mexican painter and fashion designer Tao Izzo.

This tape is now regarded as one of the first works that would make the actor Spanish Carlos Piñar in Mexico following the resumption of full diplomatic relations between the two countries (the 28 of March of 1977 ) after eighteen months earlier, former President Luis Echeverria To suspend existing de facto relations since 1939 , in protest of the execution of five anti- Franco prisoners . Due to this diplomatic impasse, Piñar was forced, in addition to leaving the country, to leave abruptly the filming of the telenovela ” Barata de primavera “ (1975), produced by Televisa , of which he was part of his cast.

This film was the first film starring Alma Muriel.

The title of the film alludes to a scene in which Alex and Claudia, commenting on Laura’s lightning marriage with Sergio, he tells Claudia at one point: “You’re like a spider: no hurry to weave your net.” Which she responds: “With the nets are saved shipwrecked.” Interpreting as a metaphor about patience and perseverance, as well as the ability of some people to deceive or harm us (due to the techniques of hunting spiders based In knitting nets and waiting for a prey to fall, as well as the evil for its poison and the slow death that causes it) since, in the end, we see that Alex is punished by his contempt for Laura, Claudia ends up staying with the love of His life, Sergio ends up being deceived by Laura and this becomes everything that she herself abhorred in the beginning.

On the other hand (and according to the aforementioned), it is also to note that the last scene of the film shows Claudia receiving at home with her arms open to Laura while we see how the drawing of a spider web is superimposed for later Finish with a close-up of Laura, totally wrapped in this web, while watching the final credits of the tape.

Due to its thematic this tape was prohibited in Chile during almost 23 years (1980-2003).

As a curious fact, this film is one of the few of the Mexican actress Angelica Chain , which does not belong to the so-called File Film genre , which became famous during the 1970s and 1980s .



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