Law Of Desire (La Ley Del Deseo) (1987)

PEDRO ALMODOVAR

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Spain, 1987.  El Deseo, Laurenfilm.  Story and Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar.  Cinematography by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

As with Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! three years later, this Pedro Almodovar film features explicit eroticism coupled with zesty characters and real romance.   plays a Madrid filmmaker who enjoys his work, his success, and the healthy amount of handsome male fans he can sleep with thanks to his fame. Having just been left by a longtime lover and feeling vulnerable, he takes home an unstable young man (Antonio Banderas) who turns out to be pathologically jealous and criminally insane. The always marvelous brings lightness to the proceedings as Poncela’s insecure transsexual sister, who is trying to raise her delightful daughter as a good mother now that she’s no longer a father, plus reconcile her past with her personal feelings of doubt at the same time. The film’s kinky sexiness is reminiscent of Bunuel, as most early Almodovar is, but the skillful handling of arousing imagery and genuinely felt emotions are purely the master’s own.

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