Tacones Lejanos (High Heels) (1991)

Tacones Lejanos (High Heels) (1991)




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Written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almódovar, Tacones Lejanos is a murder mystery centering on flamboyant actress Becky del Paramo (Marisa Paredes) and her daughter Rebecca (Victoria Abril), a television anchorwoman. After being estranged for 15 years, Becky re-enters Rebecca's life when she comes to perform a concert. Rebecca, she finds, is now married to one of Becky's ex-lovers, Manuel (Feodor Atkine). As the mother and daughter begin making up for lost time, Manuel is suddenly murdered at his home. Unfortunately, which of the ladies is responsible for the homicide remains unclear, even after one of them confesses. Released in the U.S. under the title High Heels, Tacones Lejanos was nominated for several Goya Awards as well as the Best Foreign Language Film at the 1992 Golden Globes.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Marisa Paredes
as Becky Del Paramo
Miguel Bosé
as Judge Dominiguez
Feodor Atkine
as Manuel
Ana Lizaran
as Margarita
Rocío Muñoz
as Rebeca (as a child)
Mayrata O'Wisiedo
as Judge's Mother
Eva Siva
as Nanny
Roxy Vaz
as Black Dealer
Angelina Llongueras
as 1st Jail Worker
Carmen Navarro
as 2nd Jail Worker/Prison Nurse
Javier Benavente
as Photo Shop Attendant
Gabriel Garbisu
as News Director
Montse G. Romeu
as 1st Makeup Girl
Lina Mira
as 2nd Makeup Girl
M. Del Pau Dominguez
as News Announcer
Hilario Pino
as 2nd News Announcer
Rodolfo Montero de Palacio
as Arresting Officer
Abraham Garcia
as Prison Doctor
Paula Soldevilla
as Hospital Nurse
Juan Jose Otegui
as Hospital Priest
Javier Bardem
as TV Floor Manager
Luigi Martin
as Kleenex Cop
Placido Guimaraes
as Island Native
Fernando Prados
as Judicial Worker
Ana García
as Dancer
Elia Camino
as Dancer
Yolanda Munoz
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Tacones Lejanos (High Heels)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Unlike this director's best work, High Heels has no real mirth and not even enough energy to keep it lively.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Pedro Almodovar's films are an acquired taste, and with High Heels I am at last beginning to acquire it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's bright and spunky and playfully melodramatic, but something's missing.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Despite the presence of two great actresses, High Heels is a disappointing film, as a murder mystery and mother-daughter melodrama.

Full Review… | July 19, 2011

Not funny, suspenseful, or original.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

Witty and snappy Almodovar....as usual, but still great fun.

December 22, 2003

Audience Reviews for Tacones Lejanos (High Heels)


Almodovar always starts slow; but then as the story strands come together you can't stop watching.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer


One's enjoyment of this will depend on how the spectator is able to accept the director's melodramatic sensibilities (the live TV confession is a major standout) and to see Almodóvar winking at us through all the extreme plot twists. Douglas Sirk would have been proud.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

Almodovar melodrama about a selfish singing mother retuning to Spain and her TV newscaster daughter after leaving for Mexico 15 years ago and never looking back. In those 15 years, the daughter has all grown up, keeping busy by marrying her mum's ex-lover and going to shows to watch Letal, drag artist, impersonate her mother. The plot is silly, but everyone throws themslves into it with great enthusiasm, and it looks so colourful and stylish and pretty and Spanish. Lovely.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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