Molina is dead, and Valentin is in the prison hospital, burned and bleeding from his latest round of torture. All is lost, except imagination.
In a morphine dream, Valentin (Raul Julia) is visited by his girlfriend Marta (Sonia Braga). She takes his hand, leads him past the guards and out into the sun. They are at the Spider Woman’s tropical island, where an unattended rowboat is waiting to take them across a sunset sea. As they row away, they speak the last lines of the movie in voiceover:
VALENTIN: Oh how much I love you. That’s the one thing I’ve never said, because I’m so afraid of losing your love forever.
MARTA: That will never happen here. This dream is short, but this dream is happy.