Chavela Vargas was widely loved for her emotional takes on Mexican popular music, and became an international star at the end of her career. As one of the first women performing in pants, she also became a pioneer for female artists and an important figure for feminists. She was also known for having affairs with the wives of several of the most popular men in the business. When coming out as gay at the age of 81, Chavela soon became an icon for the gay rights movement.
The film is based on an interview with Chavela done in 1991 when she re-entered the stage after a fifteen year long break. Through stories told by Chavela herself and those closest to her, we get to know her life both onstage and off. Why did she have that long break from the spotlight, and is it really true that she had an affair with Frida Kahlo?