"One of Ripstein's most striking films." -Elliot Stein, Village Voice
This landmark film from internationally acclaimed director Arturo Ripstein explores and dissects Latin American machismo and homophobia through the bittersweet story of La Manuela. Played by Roberto Cobo (star of Luis BuÃ±uel's Los Olvidados), La Manuela is a transvestite who lives in a seedy village brothel run by his daughter, La Japonesita (Ana Martin), possibly conceived in a brief union with La Japonesa (Lucha Villa). The brothel and its town both suffer from neglect and dilapidation; Don Fernando Soler co-stars as the wealthy Don Alejo who's driven to own the entire town.
When his daughter is threatened by truck driver Pancho (Gonzalo Vega), La Manuela steps in to distract him with an erotic dance in his/her best Flamenco dress. Pancho's impassioned response leads to a haunting end for all concerned...
Highlighted by Cobo's ground-breaking performance, Place Without Limits (El Lugar Sin Limites) has become one of the most internationally popular contemporary
Ripstein's career spans 30 years and more than 15 award-winning films, including Castle of Purity, The Holy Office, The Beginning and the End, Woman of the Port, Queen of the Night, Deep Crimson, Divine and No One Writes to the Colonel.