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Law of Desire

Eusebio Poncela and Antonio Banderas. Photo: El Deseo

Filmmaker Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela) has sex with a younger man (Antonio Banderas), which is the beginning of an obsessive relationship. One of the most significant films in Pedro Almod贸var鈥檚 career, because of its success with audiences and unusually frank depiction of homosexual relations; thrills are served in the shape of Banderas鈥檚 increasingly dangerous behavior, but there鈥檚 also a lot of emotion and humor in the story. The lead character was obviously inspired by Almod贸var himself, and Carmen Maura鈥檚 transsexual Tina is provided with an expectedly colorful past. The film has an intensely absurd style, capped by a tragic finale.

1987-Spain. 100 min. Color. Produced by聽Agustin Almod贸var, Miguel 脕ngel P茅rez Campos. Written and directed by聽Pedro Almod贸var. Cast: Eusebio Poncela (Pablo Quintero), Carmen Maura (Tina Quintero), Antonio Banderas (Antonio Ben铆tez), Miguel Molina, Manuela Velasco, Bibi Andersen.

Trivia: Original title: La ley del deseo.

Last word: 鈥淚 just wanted to shoot enough to edit the film, and pay the actors, we had to postpone their salaries. When we were making 鈥楲aw of Desire,鈥 it wasn鈥檛 the kind of film the Spanish industry wanted us to make or the Spanish public wanted us to be making.鈥 (Almod贸var, Indiewire)

 

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