Pauline Escobar is one of the countless victims of the military dictatorship that ruled her country for several decades before giving way to a timid and fragile democracy. Imprisoned, raped and tortured when she was a student militant, she still bears the physical and mental scars of her ordeal and now lives in isolation with her husband Gerardo, a brilliant liberal courted by the new regime. Sickened at the idea that her torturers may elude justice, Pauline bitterly reproaches Gerardo for having agreed to chair a puppet commission of inquiry into the junta's crimes. One stormy evening when his car breaks down, Gerardo is given a lift home by Dr Roberto Miranda. When the good Samaritan returns in the middle of the night for a futile reason, Pauline suddenly thinks that she recognizes her torturer's voice...
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"I wrote this play in reference to a specific country, Chile, while making sure that it would function in other contexts. I removed all ethnic elements from it in order to make it accessible to as wide an audience as posible. Among the numerous directors who expressed interest in the project, I immediately preferred Roman Polanski. He knows what violence is, he has crossed its path in his life. He has lived exil, like me. He was the ideal man for the situation. I was fascinated by his work. The actors, the lighting, the set, the props-everything forms a whole in his cinema. He has a particular affinity with the thriller and he's a perfectionist."
(Ariel Dorfman - Author / co-screenwriter / co-producer)