A shoddy and sordid tale, without the excuse of being moving or tragic. It's not a pleasant theme -- this story of a mathematician, engrossed in his research to the point of fanaticism, repressed, isolated from human contacts -- and his meeting with his antithesis, Lucia, who slept with any male she chose from sheer sensuality, devoid of human feeling. Caught in her web, he marries her and their marriage deteriorates until she seduces his brother. In hatred, not love, he refuses her release. Both characters extreme -- abnormal -- incredible. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Not cheaply done, so can't even see rental distribution.