This movie, that is actually based on a novel by Carmen Rico Godoy, is the personal view of the life of an independent woman that has to face the fact that in the 90s the world is still ruled by men, just because their men. Keep in mind that this movie and the novel are set in Spain, a very traditional an chauvinist society. She is an accomplished woman, as one she is not only a professional journalist, but she is also a housewife and a mother. Her crisis arises when she realizes that she is a mother figure to her husband, that the gynecologist sees her as a woman and not a patient, and that a promotion at work will go to the best man and not the best person. When the mistakes of others slip by seamlessly, hers do not--society punishes for being a "Superwoman"--something that she brought onto herself. Carmen Maura is excellent. She sets the tone of the movie--in the novel the character appears to be a neurotic woman, yet Maura manages to give us a woman with a purpose, and why not,with a vengance.