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Law of Desire Reviews

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September 6, 2012
Between Matador (1986) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Pedro Almod贸var made this darkly funny romantic drama, which was quite groundbreaking, as it was Almod贸var's first gay film, and despite the subject matter, it is quite touching and moving, and it showed where Almod贸var 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 Almod贸var 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.
½ July 29, 2012
Wow. Almodovar wasn't afraid to push the boundaries, and this tale of obsessive (gay) love does just that.
May 27, 2012
Once again Almodovar invites us into his world & gives us one hell of a show! Wicked storyline, crazy characters, amazing dialogues & over the top performances from his main actress : C.Maura. This film isn't his best but definitely on to have a look at! The thing with Almodovar films is they all deserve a watch, some are better than others but they ll have some very interesting topics & a really unique way to deal with various situations from the daily life! His cinema is so far away from the classical Hollywood productions, it's always a pleasure to get on board of his films! I have seen many of them, i was never let down, i guess that's what would qualify a real artist & a true master of his art!
½ April 14, 2012
harshness, humor and wonderful characters
½ April 12, 2012
Casi perfecta obra maestra de Almod贸var. Trabajo sobre la pasi贸n, el amor sin l铆mites y hermano de la locura m谩s insana y obscenamente anhelada. Bocetos de su cine (la escena inicial, las subtramas que dar铆an para pel铆culas posteriores). Carmen Maura, Eusebio Poncela, Antonio Banderas se entregan, totalmente.
February 20, 2012
Almodovar at his best
January 22, 2012
Saw it. Loved it. It's the first movie Almodovar and Antonio Banderas worked together and it's actually the movie that put Banderas on the map in Spain back in 1987. Unfortunately, I saw it on DVD with my mother who was VERY uncomfortable with some of the sex scenes. But hey, she needs to grow up.
January 15, 2012
Could be compared with La mala education (I think they're both autobiographic to a point or so I read). Yet this one's a little rougher, doesn't go as deep into the characters as I'd like it to...
December 4, 2011
Law of Desire is by no means Almodovar's masterpiece, but it is well done (and sexy) nonetheless.
October 24, 2011
A pivotal film in Almodovar's career that sees him at his most explicit, pushing boundaries to brilliant effect. While it still contains those trademark plot-contrivances (memory loss, anyone?) Law Of Desire is one of Almodovar's best early works, seeing Antonio Banderas playing yet another obsessive villain with murderous intentions, while the brilliant Carmen Maura stars as a loveable Catholic transsexual. It's equal parts sensational, silly and unashamedly erotic, featuring some truly memorable moments, and a further sharpening of the great director's inimitable style.
October 18, 2011
i am a big Pedro Almodovar fan and i want to see all of his movies.
October 17, 2011
the first movie from amondovar and bandaras about a film director and his family and his loves.
½ September 5, 2011
Incredibly sexy character drama that is as trashy and frivolous as it is profound and important. Cinematically, Law of Desire is gorgeously shot, in fact it probably rivals Matador for pure sumptuous indulgence at almost every opportunity. It's perfectly acted, Banderas (in his break-through role) is superb as the promiscuous, manipulative, completely insane pursuer of Eusebio Poncela's bemused script writer. Carmen Maura is as breathtaking as usual as the script writer's transvestite sister. Narratively the story is of course, completely ridiculous, wheeling maniacally from pornography (in a particularly audacious opening scene) through to murder, car chases and ultimately a hilarious and wonderfully staged inner-city stand-off. Its less serious than it's excellent counterpart - the previous film, Matador - and yet it reflects an emerging, free-spirited, open-minded Spain that is epitomized by the 1987 Spanish government - who chose to use this film as a cinematic representative of the country.
September 4, 2011
Must be a gay thing, we thought it sucked (no pun intended)
August 14, 2011
Fascinating and captivating look at a narcissistic director and those who orbit around him. Carmen Maura is wonderful as always.
June 2, 2011
It's of exquisite taste and a groundbreaking work of cinema, that involves obsession, "love", and betrayal. It's very well put together and makes you hungry for more. It has sex scenes that are lustful and delicious, and makes you cringe with excitement. It's totally worth seeing for a young Antonio Banderas! It has excellent performances and script, as well. It's a movie of it's own nature, if only they made movies like this still...
May 25, 2011
Kitsch as fuck. Love it.
May 11, 2011
Important, clever, sexy. Almodovar's arguably greatest film.
April 22, 2011
Es buena. Ya Almod贸var estaba definiendo su cine.
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