Carmen is an ideologist of freedom. The beautiful worker in the cigarette factory wants to love but not be owned by anyone. When the soldier Don José falls in love with her, he finds himself in an indissoluble conflict between his bourgeois ideas of a relationship and Carmen's longing for the “Là-bas”, an alternative world of freedom, adventure and independence that represents her ideal. Don José knows that he should marry Micaela, who will determine the life for which he was made. But he cannot escape Carmen, cannot live with her or without her until he becomes a sad clown in front of the arena who kills what he loves most.