This is not a typical Streičs film full of humour and sentiment. Carmen Horrendum, or Carmen the Terrible, is a psychological drama. It tells a story of very young women in the time after the war when hunting down ‘enemies of the state’ was commonplace. The horrific war has crippled both their bodies as well as their souls; the hospital they are at is the ground where characters collide, rumours are spread, and relationships become ever more complicated. However, the authors insist that the woman remains a woman despite everything – a creature yearning for love, understanding, trust, and tenderness.