Screen Time: 40%
Role: Masángeles Saravia
Age: 8 years old
Directed: Beatriz Flores Silva
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama
A young girl comes of age in a household that's a maelstrom of corruption and violence in this period drama from director Beatriz Flores Silva. Aurelio Saravia (Hector Guido) is a powerful politician who holds office in Uruguay in the mid-1960's.
When Aurelio's mistress kills herself, he adopts their illegitimate daughter Masangeles (Antonella Aquistapache) despite the stern objections of his wife Aurora (Margarita Musto). Masangeles finds herself growing up in a home ruled by a corrupt and self-centered tyrant and his manic colleagues while Uruguay teeters on the brink of civil war as bands of revolutionaries battle government militias.
When she turns fourteen, Masangeles (now played by Elisa Garcia) discovers a secret passageway in their home that leads to sanctuary in a nearby church which also serves as a storehouse for guns and ill-gotten cash. Teenage Masangeles falls in love with Santiago (Nicolas Furtado), her stepbrother who has joined the rebels fighting against the state, and she persuades him to take her virginity. Before long, Santiago is on the run from his father's forces while Masangeles discovers she's going to have his child; when an ambush against Santiago and his comrades sets the house on fire, she's forced to take shelter in the secret passage.