Stress Is Three

Stress Is Three (Original title: Stress-es tres-tres) is a 1968 Spanish drama film directed by Carlos Saura. The film stars Geraldine Chaplin and Fernando Cebrián as a troubled married couple. Their marital problems are partially a consequence of Spain's rapidly modernizing consumer society.[1] Saura explains that his film is "the study of the crisis in a seemingly developed society, the crisis of the modern Spaniard who, underneath the new veneer, is still a medieval man, who still has working within him the old taboos and moral repressions from his religious past."[2] The film is experimental in nature, whereby Saura moved away from several of the formulas of his previous two films, Peppermint Frappé and La caza. Saura noted, "At the root of it I had the sense that in Peppermint Frappé I was very constrained by story and I wanted to unbind myself. So, I made Stress Is Three, Three as a kind of liberation."[3]

Stress is Three
Spanish promotional poster
Directed byCarlos Saura
Produced byElías Querejeta
Written byAngelino Fons
Carlos Saura
StarringGeraldine Chaplin
Juan Luis Galiardo
Fernando Cebrián
Music byJaime Pérez
CinematographyLuis Cuadrado
Edited byPablo González del Amo
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
94 minutes


Set in one-day, three people embark together on a car trip from Madrid to Almeria. Fernando (Cebrián) is a successful industrialist, however he is dismayed that his personal life does not reflect his glittering career. He is insecure about his faltering marriage to Teresa (Chaplin), whom he believes is having an affair with his best friend, Antonio (Galiardo).[3]



  1. Bentley, Bernard P.E. (2008). A companion to Spanish cinema. Boydell & Brewer Ltd.
  2. Bratton, Jean. The "Stress" Is on Geraldine Chaplin. The New York Times. pp. 13. 26 November 1967. Retrieved on 30 July 2011
  3. D'Lugo, Marvin (1991). The films of Carlos Saura: the practice of seeing. Princeton University Press.
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