Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in 1939. The Consul's self-destructive behaviour, perhaps a metaphor for a menaced civilization, is a source of perplexity and sadness to his nomadic, idealistic half-brother, Hugh, and his ex-wife, Yvonne, who has returned with hopes of healing Geoffrey and their broken marriage.
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|Albert Finney||Geoffrey Firmin|
|Jacqueline Bisset||Yvonne Firmin|
|Anthony Andrews||Hugh Firmin|
|Ignacio López Tarso||Dr. Vigil|
|Katy Jurado||Senora Gregoria|