Pedro Almodovar directs this adaptation of the novel by Ruth Rendell. Victor Plaza (Liberto Rabal) goes to meet drug-addicted diplomat's daughter Elena (Francesca Neri) after losing his virginity to her. She barely remembers anything about the past, however, and attempts to shoot him. Two cops, David and Sancho, arrive at the scene, and David is shot, leaving him paralysed. Victor finds himself imprisoned for the shooting, although he is innocent. In jail, he learns that David, now a paralympics champion, has married Elena, and vows revenge upon his release.
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Victor Plaza (Liberto Rabal) is a child of Franco's Spain, born on a bus that was taking his mother, a prostitute, to the hospital. In spite of this, Vicotr is young and life has not destroyed his trust in people, particularly Elena (Francesca Neri) the daughter of a diplomat and the woman with whom he shares his first sexual experience.
Victor, believing the experience was not a casual one, soon discover things are not usually as straightforward as one would hope. Nerves, a gun and two policemen are involved when Victor tries to see Elena again, and a violent encounter changes all their lives. A policeman, Sancho (Jose Sancho) precipitates a violent incident into which Victor is dragged. David (Javier Barden) is hit by a stray bullet that leaves him paralysed and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Victir is blamed and sent to prison where he watches helplessly as David becomes a paralympic star, with Elena - now his wife.
Fate, however, intervenes again. When Victor is released from prison, he visits his mother's grave, only to find Elena and David at the cemetary. Now Victor has the chance to settle old scores - but from this moment they are all locked in a game which has only just begun.