Monday, 05 November 2007
10:00 PM

Law Of Desire

Part of the 24th Annual Olympia Film Festival

Directed by: Pedro Almodovar
1987 / Spain / 102 minutes / 35mm - Color - in Spanish with English Subtitles

Starring: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Miguel Molina

Celebrating its 20th anniversary and one of the first entries in the global New Queer Cinema movement, Pedro Almodovar’s Law of Desire addresses many themes he has continued to explore in his subsequent work – erotic passion, obsession, complex family relationships, transsexualism, and the joys and perils of gay life. Opening with a graphic sex act being filmed by enfant-terrible director Pablo, the film never stops shocking and impressing you. Pedro has many lovers, but really only loves Juan, a conflicted bisexual who is unable to return Pedro’s ardor and moves away to a distant lighthouse to sort his life out. Attempting to fill the gap left by Juan’s absence, Pedro takes up with Antonio (Antonio Banderas before he moved Stateside), a thoroughly devoted fan of Pedro’s work, whose obsession with Pedro is one of the main engines driving the plot. Further complicating matters is Pedro’s relationship with his sister, Tina (Almodovar regular Carmen Maura), a transsexual who used to be his brother and now is a lesbian raising the daughter of her ex-lover. How far will Antonio’s obsession go? Come see the film and find out. Time Out Film Guide raves, “a lush, overblown, steamy, tragi-comedy murder thriller set in Madrid, there’s something to offend and delight everyone….Wit, sex, drugs, and topsy-turvy clichés abound; Almodovar’s sensuous style carries all before him. A life-affirming joy.”


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