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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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
Alphaville

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Cast

Cecilia Roth
as Sexilia
Imanol Arias
as Rizo Niro
Luis Ciges
as Her Father
Helga Liné
as Toraya
Concha Grégori
as Angustias
Pedro Almodóvar
as Performer
Eva Siva
as Azafata
Lupe Barrado
as Room maid
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Critic Reviews for Labyrinth of Passion

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

[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
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 4, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

Super Reviewer

½

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

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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