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Laberinto de pasiones (Labyrinth of Passion)

Laberinto de pasiones (Labyrinth of Passion) (1982)

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Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's films are colorful, sexy, and very funny, and this one is a perfect introduction to his work. An emperor's son, Reza Niro (Imanol Arias), comes to Madrid in disguise and sleeps with Sadeq (Antonio Banderas), an Islamic terrorist with a highly developed sense of smell. Sadeq's group wants to kidnap Reza, who disguises himself as a punk rock singer and falls in love with Sexilia (Cecilia Roth), a nymphomaniac singer for a rival band. There's also a wealthy woman

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[Labyrinth of Passion]...shows off the bright, gaudy visual style, the breezy manner and the exuberant energy that are Mr. Almodovar's particular virtues.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An early and rather choice effort from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Almodovar (who has a cameo as a leather-jacketed transvestite rock singer) has already learned (somewhat) how to pull off such a difficult act, by treating the potentially offensive with such cartoonish abandon that it becomes ridiculous to take offense.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Though coarser and cheaper than Almodovar's later efforts, this comic orgy is prototypically Pedrovian.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Almodovar's second film is, among other things, a satirical critique of mainstream culture definition of love

June 4, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Audience Reviews for Laberinto de pasiones (Labyrinth of Passion)

The best way to describe Labyrinth of Passion is that it's like a primitive Pedro Almodóvar film and of course, that is exactly what it is. The story is silly but forgivable, the characters on the other hand are a fantastic and are the usual exotic mix of misfits that you expect from a Almodóvar film. The script is also killer, there are so many brilliant scenes, it should be a five star film. Unfortunately, it lacks towards the end, and I marked it down mainly due to the two unlikable and unnecessary incestuous scenes and the fairly infantile 'poo' scene. Apart from that, it's ace - my favourite scene by far being the Fabio McNamara 'Driller killer' porn scene - his performance and the script are hilarious.
September 14, 2011
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A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza Niro discovers that Sadec and his colleagues are after him, he disguises himself as a punk rocker, and falls in love with the stunning Sexilia, his first straight relationship. Meanwhile Queti, Sexilia's "biggest fan", helps Sexilia come to terms with her new life-style.
December 19, 2009
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Wahida K

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Early and great Almodovar! We start to see what become recurring themes in his later films - homosexuality, prostitutes and cross dressers..all representing deep held emotions and feelings that are experienced by us all.
April 15, 2010
John Ballantine

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early Almodovar tale of a gay terrorist, a nymphomaniac, and a Prince.
January 30, 2013
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