Law of Desire (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

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. Among the many plot complications in Law of Desire is Pablo's subsequent romance with the possessive Antonio (Antonio Banderas, whose "gay kiss" in the film prompted front-page headlines in the Brazilian press), and Pablo's efforts to film the life story of his sister (Carmen Maura), who started out life as his brother. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: NC-17 (for a scene of explicit sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Pedro Almodóvar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 2009
Runtime:
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Cast

Eusebio Poncela
as Pablo Quintero
Antonio Banderas
as Antonio Benitez
Carmen Maura
as Tina Quintero
Miguel Molina
as Juan Bermudez
Manuela Velasco
as Ada, Child
Nacho Martinez
as Dr. Martin
Bibiana Fernandez
as Ada, Mother
Helga Liné
as Antonio's Mother
Fernando Guillén Cue...
as Policeman, Child
Fernando Guillen-Cue...
as Policeman, Child
Maruchi Leon
as Maruchi
Marta Fernández Muro
as Groupie/Sergeant
Roxy Von Donna
as Woman on Telephone
Jose Manuel Bello
as Young Guard
Angie Gray
as Girl on Terrace
Jose A. Granja
as Impossible Model
Hector Saurit
as Reporter
Rossy de Palma
as TV Reporter
Pedro Almodóvar
as Dependiente
Manuel Velasco
as Ada, Child
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Critic Reviews for Law of Desire

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

This wild man has a true talent.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The film bristles with energy and bright interludes before the lugubrious plot takes over...

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This intriguing erotic melodrama is one of Almodovar's few explicitly gay films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2013
EmanuelLevy.Com

a pivotal and unmissable piece of the Almodóvar puzzle, a romp that is Pedro at his young and kinky best.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Law of Desire

½

Sexy, twisted, dark - "Law of Desire" is uneven but never boring.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

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.

ythelastman89
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

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!

flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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