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Law of Desire (1987)

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Original title: Ley del deseo, La

DVD Release Date
• R2: 12 Jan 2004

Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country Spain

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Other Titles
• Law of Desire (1987)
• Das Gesetz der Begierde (1987)

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Genre: Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Detectives, Black Comedy, Murder, Love, Surreal

Plot: This bold tale of passion's dire consequences is one of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's most smoldering films. Antonio Banderas stars as Antonio Benítez, an obsessive fan of writer-director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela), a cocaine-snorting homosexual hedonist whose last boyfriend, Juan (Miguel Molina), has just moved out. Antonio and Pablo have a few passionate nights, but Antonio's obsessive love soon proves hard for the noncommittal Pablo to escape from. Meanwhile, Pablo's transsexual sister, Tina (Carmen Maura), has problems of her own, including a closet brimming with dark sexual skeletons and Ada (Manuela Velasco), her unofficially adopted daughter. Pablo writes a play for Tina to star in, but when Antonio stalks and murders Juan in a fit of jealousy, the police end up suspecting the character Tina performs in the play. Pablo winds up with amnesia after a car accident, and the troubles just get weirder from there. For American audiences unfamiliar with Almodóvar's style, this film may prove a shocking experience, but his fans know that beneath their transgressive exteriors, his films throb with a palpable love of humanity, life, beauty, and art. This is a fine example of that art, with great music and memorable performances all around.

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 Directed by
 Written by
Antonio Banderas
Shrek 2, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Mask of Zorro
Eusebio Poncela
Intact, Matador, Martín
Carmen Maura
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Common Wealth, Volver
Manuela Velasco
School Killer, Gente pez
Lupe Barrado
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, High Heels
Alfonso Vallejo
Bola, El, Plenilunio, Suerte dormida, La
 Music By
Bernardo Bonezzi
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Without News of God, Matador

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