Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Original title: Entre Tieneblas
Spain, 1983. Tesauro S.A.. Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar. Cinematography by Angel Luis Fernandez. Produced by Luis Calvo. Production Design by Roman Arango, Pin Morales. Costume Design by Francis Montesinos, Teresa Nieto. Film Editing by José Salcedo.
Among the least memorable of the films in the great Pedro Almodovar’s canon. A nightclub singer goes on the run when her junkie boyfriend overdoses on drugs and she fears the police might come after her. She hides out in a local convent and believes herself to be safe until she realizes that the nuns there are even wackier than the people she’s used to. One is a heroin addict who falls in love with her, another writes romance novels on the sly, a third is a fashion designer and yet another (Carmen Maura) is raising a pet tiger in the backyard. Despite a Bunuellian disdain for Catholic tradition, this one has a sluggish pace and very little story worth following. The big party scene at the end is fun, but most of the film is ragged to look at and pointless to follow.