Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. Spain/France, 1991. Canal+, CiBy 2000, El Deseo, TF1 Films Production. Story and Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar. Cinematography by Alfredo Mayo. Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto. Production Design by Pierre-Louis Thevenet. Costume Design by Jose Maria de Cossio. Film Editing by José Salcedo. Golden Globe Awards 1991.
One of Pedro Almodovar’s most heartfelt films is this classy, sexy melodrama about a fragile relationship between a mother and daughter. Victoria Abril is a passionate actress with dangerous romantic entanglements that result in a murder investigation. She is constantly at odds with her equally willful, zesty mother (Marisa Paredes), who has just returned to Spain after many years working as an actress in Mexico. The beautiful colours and wildcard characters threaten to inhabit a shallow, silly film world, but the ultimate event that brings these women together is genuinely touching. Great acting and gorgeous photography, all under Almodovar’s as-usual magic touch.