Labyrinth of Passion

1982

Labyrinth of Passion (1982)

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This early offering from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is a screwball sex tale of mistaken identity focusing on the director's usual collection of oddball characters, primarily a female punk rocker, an incestuous ob-gyn and a noblewoman desperate to be artificially inseminated with a sperm sample from the Iranian imperial family.

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Critic Reviews for Labyrinth of Passion

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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.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Though coarser and cheaper than Almodovar's later efforts, this comic orgy is prototypically Pedrovian.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

An early and rather choice effort from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Almodovar's second film is, among other things, a satirical critique of mainstream culture definition of love

Jun 4, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Labyrinth of Passion

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.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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½

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

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

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Wahida K

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