Rowing With The Wind (Remando Al Viento)

BB.5 (out of 5) Produced in Spain with English actors and dialogue, this is another foray into the private summer shared by Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley when she wrote her perenially famous novel Frankenstein. It also offers glimpses at a very young Hugh Grant (just beginning his film career) and Elizabeth Hurley (before she … More Rowing With The Wind (Remando Al Viento)

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Kika

BBBB (out of 5) An Almodovar film has rarely been naughtier. After a delightfully dizzy makeup artist named Kika (Verónica Forqué, for whom the role was specifically written) starts applying makeup to a young man (Àlex Casanovas) recently dead of a heart attack, he revives during her work and falls in love with her. Years … More Kika

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High Heels (Tacones Lejanos)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) 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 … More High Heels (Tacones Lejanos)

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Matador

BBBB (out of 5) Upon release, this was Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar’s most serious and complex film yet, and it still packs a punch. Telling a multi-plotted story, it revolves around an ex-bullfighter who gets turned on by murder, a female lawyer who enjoys killing her lovers, and a student of bullfighting (Antonio Banderas) who … More Matador

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