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Law of Desire (1987)

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Popular film director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela) has found a new love in the form of handsome blue-collar Juan (Miguel Molina). Not altogether comfortable with his lifestyle, Juan decides to leave Pablo for a while to contemplate his future. Pablo insists that Juan keep in touch by sending him love letters. Ever the director, he plans to write the letters himself, and have Juan mail them back with his signature. If you think that settles things, you don't know filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.

Dec 8, 2009

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

This wild man has a true talent.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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What it lacks in depth, 'Law of Desire' makes up in surface energy, with a lively cast, a turbulent plot and a textbook-worthy collection of case histories.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film bristles with energy and bright interludes before the lugubrious plot takes over...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This intriguing erotic melodrama is one of Almodovar's few explicitly gay films.

January 1, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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a pivotal and unmissable piece of the Almodóvar puzzle, a romp that is Pedro at his young and kinky best.

November 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

provocative psychological study about the potential devastating cost of wanton love

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Almodóvar's affection for his characters ... makes his engagingly loopy narrative more than a simple Telemundo-on-acid joke.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

A bold, daring work that is as shocking and impressive today as it was nearly 20 years ago when it was first released.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

[A] great film from Spanish director Pedro Almódovar's early career...

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Law of Desire

Although I was never truly convinced by the characters, it was mainly down to the writing and not the performances. Maybe I'd overdosed on Almodóvar having watched 3 of his films in just a few days but it didn't matter too much as I actually regard this film as one of my favourites of his. It seems like yet another change in direction but at the same time still very much his style of film, I guess that's the mark of a true inspirational director, unlike Bigas Luna who is often compared with Almodóvar, he continually proves he's no one trick pony.
November 16, 2011
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Very interesting and certainly one of the most original ways to tell a story of overly-passionate love, but this lacks the vision of Pedro Almodovar's later work. Most of the acting is fine, Antonio Banderas is clearly the standout star and gives the most effective performance. Where the story really excels is in the bold and innovative choices. However, this is by no stretch a mediocre movie, it's just not the extravagant Almodovar that I love.
June 14, 2010
ythelastman89

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Creatively constructed 'fatal attraction' but with better direction and far too much homoerotic passion. Please Pedro, I beg you, less naked Antonio Banderas and more naked Carmen Maura!
February 25, 2010
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