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Law of Desire Reviews

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October 9, 2016
Desire can take many forms and that's what's discussed in this movie, by the utterly creative Pedro Almodovar. I liked how he described his characters, how they had soul and life, but I can't say I like the way he treated them. He shaped them in the best way possible but I feel he's ruined the movie with some of their choices. Still I found it quite amusing and I'm looking forward to watching more of him in the future. I'm disappointed but still impressed.
September 12, 2015
Cuando Almodóvar empezaba a darle forma a su estilo.
The Gandiman
Super Reviewer
½ December 27, 2014
Sexy, twisted, dark - "Law of Desire" is uneven but never boring.
October 12, 2014
A gay love triangle results in deadly consequences in Law of Desire. A film director dates two men, and one of them gets a bit too passionate, and commits murder. Its a bit slow to get started, but it ends with a bang.
August 27, 2014
Almodóvar maestro!!!
August 13, 2014
Otra locura de peli por el Gran Almodóvar, donde Pablo, director medio-famoso, está liado con Juan quien está mudándose a la playa para trabajar en un chiringuito. Luego, su hermana Tina (quien antes era chico, y tiene hija con otro transexual) es un actriz y quiere ponerla como protagonista en su próxima guión. Mientras tanto, conoció a Antonio (un joven Antonio Banderas) quien se enamoró de él aunque normalmente no suele ligar con chicos. Al final, Antonio es un poco loco y toma los asuntos en sus propios manos para asegurar que tiene a Pablo por su mismo (y en este parece un poquito como otra peliculón de Almodóvar con Banderas, 'Átame').
Jason Derfuss
Super Reviewer
February 18, 2014
Implied Child Pornography, sex and nudity just because it's shocking to put on screen, exploding typewriters, and other off-putting elements completely take the viewer out of the reality of the film which contradicts the intent of the film and makes for a poor viewing experience. Also, continuity errors abound. Not a pleasant film to watch.
½ October 10, 2013
No, Mulholland Drive will still hold the record for being the most beautiful love story that I've ever witnessed on screen. But it's hard not to love this one.
September 27, 2013
Brut, passionnel, dramatique et comique à la fois, du pur Almodovar !
September 23, 2013
[2013-9-23 @Eslite Theatre] Can find many director's signature, rough, but elegant.
May 24, 2013
The story between a troubled affair between a sexually disoriented film director and a blue collar boy. An eccentric and creative mix of energy and sensibility which is almost impossible to categorise, though it undoubtedly carries the mark of its maker Almodóvar. The characters in Law of Desire are fascinatingly odd and the story itself feels fresh and original, and the film as a whole could well be taken as an exercise in fearless and free Spanish flamboyance of the post-Franco years.
May 9, 2013
This is one of Almodovar's best films, a movie that is explicitly gay, but not only that, it works as a thriller, as a comedy, as everything. This is Almodovar at his most creative age, something I'd really like to see again. Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas are terrific.
½ May 6, 2013
It could be a perfect double bill with Almodovar's own BAD EDUCATION (2004, 8/10), LAW OF DESIRE is his seventh feature film and has a plucky vein of a forthright attitude towards homosexuality and challenges an unconventional yarn of a besotted maniac-suitor's (Banderas) incorrigible fixation of our protagonist, a successful film director Pablo (Poncela), that kind of creepy yet deeply-devoting ardor could instantaneously scare away the recipient and devour one's own, but not like other similar-themed films tackles on a thriller angle, this film has (unexpectedly) romanticized the purified affection as a rarefied empathy, and succumbs to its self-immolated culmination out of the left field.

Meanwhile, the film also painstakingly limns the life of Pablo's sister Tina (Maura), a ham actress, whose outré past will be divulged later in the film to a shocking value with comical casualness thanks to an amnesiac twist, and she carries a paralleled weight which includes a maternal bond with her niece Ada (Velasco).

From what one may expect from Almodovar, the film is less tawdry or garish with its color element, still an over-par indulgence though, LAW OF DESIRE is cluttered with saccharine love letters, explicit homoerotic scenes, tackling with touchy issues like possessiveness, promiscuity, incest, transsexual, drug abuse and a murder case, with innuendos about priesthood sex scandal, also interpolating a monologue play about a distressed woman named Laura P (starts and ends with a melancholic delivery of "NE ME QUITTE PAS"). It is a fairly self-boosting piece of work, Almodovar always know how to infuse comedic occurrence into his well-drafted plot, even against a harrowing backbone.

As Almodovar's early muse, Maura owns her dominance of the film, the water-spurting on a hot summer night, the rendition of Laura P, the anger and indignity of exposing her veiled past and a face-to-face confession, magnificently dazzling and plain impressive. His male muse, Banderas, has a strapping figure and oozes all the fervor for the man of his life, gritty and arresting. By comparison, leading man Poncela may recede under the guise of a so-so performance, his dearth of personal charisma might not live up to sustain the story in a plausible manner, but his queer bearing is well-presented here. As usual, there are distinctive side characters galore, Velasco proves herself as a blossoming talent and Bibiana Fernández has a short but intensive spell as her negligent mother.

Speaking for myself, Almodovor's canon is always a safe haven, and this one has all his trappings all over the place, and it is male-centered, more self-referential in a way, supposedly more intriguing on this ground.
Super Reviewer
March 23, 2013
...kind of a gay Fatal Attraction.
March 3, 2013
Couldn't put a finger on it but it just wasn't wicked funny enough, even though it's got the usual 'Almodovarisms'.
Antonio Banderas's role here didn't wow compared to in Tie me up! Tie me down!
½ January 21, 2013
Almodovar in his finest moment i really like it
September 26, 2012
Tragic love story by Almodovar that I adore...raw and passionate, and a head-turning performance by a then relatively unknown Banderas.
September 8, 2012
Sin parecer homofobico, no se me hizo divertido el idilio entre dos hombre que presenta Almodovar.
September 6, 2012
Between Matador (1986) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Pedro Almodóvar made this darkly funny romantic drama, which was quite groundbreaking, as it was Almodóvar's first gay film, and despite the subject matter, it is quite touching and moving, and it showed where Almodóvar was heading, as he now starting to show a more serious side. It has some good performances, and is well made too. Homosexual film director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela), has just released a new film, at the premiere party, Pablo meets Antonio (Antonio Banderas), who is a big fan of Pablo's work, and they go back to Pablo's place and have sex, and it's Antonio's first homosexual experience. However, Pablo intends for it to be a one night stand, as he already has a partner in Juan (Miguel Molina), but Antonio gets jealous and abducts Juan, tries to rape him and ends up having him thrown off a cliff. Pablo's sister Tina (Carmen Maura), who had a sex change years previously because she hates men, is chief suspect for Juan's murder, and then Tina later falls for Antonio, much to Pablo's horror. It is a film of sexual disorientation and then some, but even though it's quite frank and serious in it's depiction of gay sex, it does have a darkly comic undercurrent going through, but it's a good film and it this helped bring Almodóvar and even Banderas international recognition.
July 31, 2012
great spanish movie. it practically is dripping with intense spanish passion and drama. don't know why it was rated NC-17, though.
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