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Law of Desire (1987)

La ley del deseo (original title)
A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project.

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(as Pedro Almodovar)

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(screenplay), (story)
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Juan Bermúdez
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Inspector de policía
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Ada, niña
Nacho Martínez ...
Doctor Martín
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Ada - madre (as Bibí Andersen)
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Madre de Antonio
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El Cura
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ...
Policía, chico
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Una Groupi
Lupe Barrado ...
Enfermera
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Sargento
Maruchi León ...
Hermana de Juan
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Storyline

Pablo and Tina have complicated sexual lives. Pablo writes and directs plays and films; he's gay and deeply in love with Juan, a young man who won't reply to Pablo's affection or letters. Pablo's sibling Tina is a transsexual, angry at men, raising Ada, and trying to make it as an actress. Pablo takes up with Antonio, a youth who becomes jealous of Pablo's love for Juan. Antonio seeks out Juan, and violence leads to Pablo's grief and a temporary loss of memory. When memory returns, he learns that Antonio has taken up with Tina. In horror, he hurries to Tina's rescue and must face Antonio and his desire. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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5 March 1987 (Argentina)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Tina (Carmen Maura) washes dishes in Pablo's (Eusebio Poncela) kitchen, she wears an apron that has the logo for What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984). The logo is the same one as the one used for the Spanish posters for that film. See more »

Quotes

Pablo Quintero: It's not your fault if you don't love me and its not my fault if I love you.
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Crazy Credits

Pedro Almodóvar appears in a scene as an employee in a DIY shop and serves Banderas's character. See more »

Connections

References Lolita (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Tango
Composed by Igor Stravinsky
Performed by Orquesta Sinfonia de la R.T.V. Rusa
Conducted by Igor Blajkow
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The ultimate in high camp
9 July 2005 | by (bahamas) – See all my reviews

Outrageous, extremely enjoyable, over-the-top melodrama about a straight psychopath (Antonio Banderas) prepared to go gay to further his career with a homosexual film director (Eusebio Poncela). A feast of familiar faces for anyone familiar with Almodovar's career. Carmen Maura as the director's transsexual sister, happily dispensing cocaine to hospital patients, knocking out policemen and engaging in the in-scene to end all in-scenes with the beautiful Bibiana Fernandez, the mother of her adopted daughter, when anyone in the know would recognize Fernandez as Spain's most famous transsexual in real life! About halfway through, Almodovar's loopiness slips into high gear and the laughs come thick and fast. Just don't expect too much believability towards the end. Interesting to see so many faces from Almodovar's pitch-black comedy Matador, made the previous year and in this viewer's opinion far superior. Still, Law of Desire is too way over the top not to be enjoyable. Just don't throw your popcorn at the screen.


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