Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Pepi, Luci, Bom…Y Otras Chicas Del Monton
Spain, 1980. Fígaro Films. Story and screenplay by Pedro Almodovar. Cinematography by Paco Femenia. Produced by Pepon Coromina, Pastora Delgado, Ester Rambal. Costume Design by Manuela Camacho. Film Editing by José Salcedo.
Pedro Almodovar’s film debut as feature director must be seen by his fans; it is a testament to the talents of a man who could be this clever on such a limited budget. Bursting into the art scene of post-Franco Spain, Almodovar depicts a fast, modern and sexy Madrid where relationships tangle and anything goes. Carmen Maura (her first of many collaborations with the auteur) plays a feckless city girl who bribes policemen with sex in order to grow marijuana plants in her apartment without fear of jail. She and her girlfriends party, take drugs, sing in a band and get involved in all kinds of mixups. It’s actually nothing really memorable, particularly as the story goes, but it’s great to see what the burgeoning artist had going for him from the beginning (rich characters, boldly sensual situations) and what would be developed over time (plot and purpose).