Based on Manuel Puig's novel of the same name, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN treats its unusual premise with an often lyrical grace. In a South American country, Luis Molina, a flamboyant gay man jailed for taking liberties with a minor, shares a cell with Valentin Arregui (Julia), a political
prisoner. Though the revolutionary initially dislikes Luis, he is gradually drawn in by the latter's retelling of films, including a Nazi propaganda piece about a cabaret singer, and a B picture featuring the "Spider Woman" (both "starring" Braga).
The two men develop a deep friendship wherein Luis learns the importance of political convictions and Valentin discovers the power ...