The Wandering Soap Opera

Filmed by Chilean master Raúl Ruiz in 1990 but left unfinished until it was completed by his wife and collaborator Valeria Sarmiento in 2017, The Wandering Soap Opera is a dreamily interconnected series of vignettes that spoof on telenovela conventions while reflecting Ruiz's feelings upon returning to his native Chile after more than 15 years away. In one episode, a man seduces a woman by showing her his muscles, which are actually slabs of raw meat slapped into her hand. Later, the man has a gun pulled on him when he accuses a poet of plagiarism. Meanwhile, through the television screen, five women have lost their husbands after an earthquake and embrace a better future together. All along, back and forth across screens, people are watching.

- Synopsis provided by CinemaSource



  • Raúl Ruiz
  • Valeria Sarmiento


  • Luis Alarcón
  • Patricia Rivadeneira
  • Mauricio Pesutic
  • Francisco Reyes
  • Roberto Poblete


  • Raúl Ruiz
  • Pía Rey

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