I’m the One You’re Looking for (Yo Soy El Que Tu Buscas)

Institute History

  • 1989 Sundance Film Festival


Natalia is a model. She lives in Barcelona with Bob, her husband or her lover. One day, as she is going home alone after a night job, Natalia is raped. It is a difficult shock to get over. From then on, she is obsessed with finding the man who raped her. Her search leads her to a previously unknown world: to Teo, “the salamander,” who has an erotic show in a cabaret, and who protects her; and to Lola, the taxi driver who guides her through the lower-class districts . . .

But no one can help her in her solitary search; Natalia is raped again, and her hate and bewilderment force her to make a final decision. There is a reencounter, and the thoughts have been simmering in her mind suddenly explode. Natalia’s clear, aseptic world is shattered once and for all: things will never be the same again. She will have to reconcile herself alone to her reality as a woman: both the offended woman and human being, capable of feeling passion and pleasure.

The lower-class districts of Barcelona, the port, and the affluent areas from the city are, together with Natalia, Teo and Lola, the main characters of the film , along with Natalia’s dreams, which at times mix with reality. A kind of “Alice in the Land of Horrors,” Natalia eventually steps through her own mirror and finds herself.

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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