|aCamino and her mother, father and sister are members of Opus Dei - the controversial Catholic organisation (founded by Spain's recently-canonised Jose Maria Escriva) that encourages 'personal prelature' - devoting oneself to God without taking holy orders or retreating from the outside world. Opening with a deathbed scene that will be reinterpreted when it appears again at the end, the film soon backtracks five months to follow the life of thirteen-year-old Camino (Camacho) - a bouncy girl whose happy, God-coddled life in Madrid pans out between her religious school and a home dominated by her pious but also creepily authoritarian mother Gloria. Camino falls in platonic love with a boy called Cuco at a school theatre group. But young love is thwarted when the back pains that have been troubling her turn out to have a serious origin - and she is forced to undergo a barrage of tests, operations and radiation therapy sessions that eventually leave her bedridden, immobilised and blind.
|aNot recommended for viewing by children under 13 years |b non-BBFC source.
|aDVD, dual-layer; PAL, Region 2; 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, aspect ratio 2.35:1; Dolby digital 5.1.
|aOriginal Spanish dialogue, with optional Spanish subtitles.