Labyrinth of Passion Reviews

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ScoopOnline
Super Reviewer
December 19, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
October 16, 2009
Pedro Almodovar began to find his style with his second feature "Labyrinth of Passion." His direction is a bit shaky, and he hasn't quite figured out yet how to pace and edit a large-cast, multi-subplot film. The many characters aren't easy to keep straight (pun intended), but their interwoven adventures manage to loosely coalesce by the end. There's something to offend everyone here: casual incest, flamboyant homosexuality, transsexuality, drugs, nymphomania, artificial insemination and possibly the most disgusting poop joke ever (but surprisingly, not too much nudity). Most of the action centers around a visiting Middle Eastern prince who is exploring Madrid's debauched club scene incognito. He sings in a band. He beds people of both sexes. He avoids terrorists (including Antonio Banderas, so young he's almost unrecognizable, playing a lad with an impossible ability to track like a bloodhound). Oh, and there's also a sexy pop star who can't figure out why she's afraid of the sun. Naturally. Almodovar himself has a fun cameo as an effeminate singer.
Super Reviewer
April 15, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
½ April 4, 2010
early Almodovar tale of a gay terrorist, a nymphomaniac, and a Prince.
Super Reviewer
October 16, 2009
Pedro Almodovar began to find his style with his second feature "Labyrinth of Passion." His direction is a bit shaky, and he hasn't quite figured out yet how to pace and edit a large-cast, multi-subplot film. The many characters aren't easy to keep straight (pun intended), but their interwoven adventures manage to loosely coalesce by the end. There's something to offend everyone here: casual incest, flamboyant homosexuality, transsexuality, drugs, nymphomania, artificial insemination and possibly the most disgusting poop joke ever (but surprisingly, not too much nudity). Most of the action centers around a visiting Middle Eastern prince who is exploring Madrid's debauched club scene incognito. He sings in a band. He beds people of both sexes. He avoids terrorists (including Antonio Banderas, so young he's almost unrecognizable, playing a lad with an impossible ability to track like a bloodhound). Oh, and there's also a sexy pop star who can't figure out why she's afraid of the sun. Naturally. Almodovar himself has a fun cameo as an effeminate singer.
Jason Derfuss
Super Reviewer
½ January 28, 2014
Better than his first, "Labyrinth of Passion" starts slow, builds slow, and has an over-the-top obnoxious finale that actually made the grueling 75 minutes prior worth it.
October 7, 2013
Good Film Overall surprised with the performance by Cecilia Roth etc. but It was a great watch. Not the type of film I wold recomend to anyone but nonetheless a great film.
March 24, 2013
Gleefully perverted.
December 11, 2011
Sexilia es el nombre de ella. Que mas puedo añadir?
July 6, 2010
A hillarious Masterpiece who uniteds intelligent Dialogues with bizarre Sexual Passion and Punk Rock Culture it's remind of a Russ Meyer Movie transplanted into the Spain of the Early 80's amd change Sex Scenes with intelligent Dialogues and handle with Themes of Homosexuality, Inzest and Political Issues it contains a similar Message as a Russ Meyer Movie with that Fact that many Problems are result of absent Sexuality and go a Step Further that the Final Solution is Sexuality with Love or Love at All
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