José Manuel Alcántara is a playwright of about fifty years. Because of the failure of his last work, or perhaps due to the abandonment of his wife, he decides to leave Madrid and settle in a city on the seashore. There he lives quietly, dedicated to his collaborations in radio and press. But suddenly, the “mistakes of the past” appear again. His son, singer and rock songwriter, appears suddenly, not to settle accounts, but for something bolder. An actress who was in love emerges one day in the theatrical billboards of the city. And her friend Lola will pose problems of compound interest to José Manuel.
The film tells the story of the relationship and friendship of two men who are both very much affected by the cinema: Both of them are writers, one of books the other of screenplays.
Juan and Carmen are a humble marriage from Madrid. She takes care of domestic chores and he works as an electrician in a film studio. Their dreams of wellness come true when the two win a contest sponsored by a soap brand. It is the choice of “the happy couple”: for 24 hours the selected couple receives all kinds of invitations and gifts. But, precisely on the same day, Juan must solve two serious problems that Carmen does not know about.
Tula, a thirty one year old unmarried woman, whose sister has just died, decides to bring her brother in law, a bank employee and his two children into her home. As she takes over the management of their lives, she gradually usurps the privileges of her brother in law, and his children. She acts as a wife mother figure, but does not accept the sexual commitments or maternal responsibilities of her new role.
A fencing master in pre-revolution Spain is hired to teach fencing to a beautiful young woman. Although he has never taught a woman before, he is fascinated by her and agrees. She wishes to learn a particular thrust which he is famous for. When a local nobleman becomes involved with her the intrigue begins.
José Diaz leaves prison after fulfilling an unjust sentence of ten years for murder. Returning to the town where he is originally from, he and his sister, Carmen, make plans to kill Luis, whom they believe to have framed José. Despite their original intentions, the fear and the misery José and Carmen see cause them to integrate themselves in the group of harvesters whom Luis is organizing, and from that begins a certain friendship between the two men.
The director of a school is surprised by a student when murdering someone. He must kill the only eyewitness too, but his only clue is a number 32 shoeprint.
Tom Bogard travels from Boston to the small western mining town of Carson, where on arrival he mentions he is the brother of Jack Bogard, who was assassinated a few weeks ago, he then is completely shut out. By no means anxious to leave, Tom begins to look for people who will be able to tell him about the death of his brother.