After the death of her second husband, Bernarda Alba, a dominating woman, imposes a period of mourning on her household to last eight years, as has been traditional in her family. Bernarda has fivedaughters, aged between 20 and 39, whom she has shielded and controlled to an excessive degree and prohibited from any form of relationship. The mourning period further isolates the daughters, andtension mounts within the household.
After a mourning ritual at the family home, Angustias, the eldest daughter, enters, having not been present while the guests were there. Bernarda is angered, assumingshe had been listening to the men's conversation on the patio.
Angustias inherited a small sum of money upon the death of her father, Bernarda's first husband, while the other four sisters inheritedmuch less from their father, Bernarda's second husband. Angustias' wealth attracts a suitor, the young and attractive Pepe el Romano from the village. Passion and jealousy among the sistersincreases. They feel it is unfair that Angustias, the oldest and most sickly of them, should receive both the majority of the money and the freedom to marry and leave the constraints of the house.
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Adela, the youngest, is stricken with sudden spirit and jubilation on the day of her father's funeral. Defying Bernarda's orders to dress only in black and mourn, sherefuses to take off her green dress. Her brief time of feeling young and free is suddenly shattered when she discovers that Angustias will be marrying Pepe. In her distress she threatens to run intothe streets in her green dress, but her sisters are able to stop her. Suddenly, Pepe el Romano is seen coming down the street. Adela stays behind while her sisters rush to get a look at him - until amaid hints to her that she could get a better view from her own bedroom window.
As Poncia and Bernarda discuss matters of the daughters' inheritance upstairs, Bernarda spots Angustias wearing makeup...
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