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Labyrinth of Passion (1982)

Laberinto de pasiones (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 September 1982 (Spain)
A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sexilia / Queti
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Helga Liné ...
Toraya
Marta Fernández Muro ...
Queti
Fernando Vivanco ...
Doctor
Ofelia Angélica ...
Susana
Ángel Alcázar ...
Eusebio
Concha Grégori ...
Angustias
Cristina Sánchez Pascual ...
Eusebio's girlfriend
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Fabio (as Fany McNamara)
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Sadec
Luis Ciges ...
Drycleaner
Agustín Almodóvar ...
Hassan
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Remedios
Ana Trigo ...
Nana
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A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza Niro discovers that Sadec and his colleagues are after him, he disguises himself as a punk rocker, and falls in love with the stunning Sexilia, his first straight relationship. Meanwhile Queti, Sexilia's "biggest fan", helps Sexilia come to terms with her new life-style. Written by Tristan White <THEWHITE@qmw.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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29 September 1982 (Spain)  »

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Labyrinth of Passion  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Made only six years after the death of Franco when Spain was beginning to rediscover its artistic freedom. See more »

Quotes

Fabio: [giving directions] "Fabio, now phone and ask permission. Phone a friend... Make it short, and watch what you say... Hi, So-and-so. So-and-so calls you. She wants to talk and take you to some tacky bar to have salad for lunch. Or better yet, a tuna empanada. And then you say, "Darling, I have to hang up. A sadistic killer is literally tearing me apart.If I survive, I'll call you back and give you the details." Something like that, but always posing for the camera."
Fabio: [...]
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Connections

Referenced in Muchachada nui: Episode #4.12 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Gran ganga
Written by Pedro Almodóvar & Bernardo Bonezzi
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
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Labyrinth of Boredom
15 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happened upon a rare copy of this early Almodovar film with high expectations - Almodovar is a prolific contemporary director, I enjoyed his 1988 film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", and I had read one or two very positive reviews of the film. Well, I must have missed completely the humor that the reviewers saw in this film. I just found it incoherent, tasteless, and boring. Yes, there are plenty of innuendos, people in drag, and crude sexual situations, and yes, these elements may have shocked audiences in 1982 (which was almost certainly Almodovar's intention), but much of the shock value has probably eroded over the years, leaving a limp storyline. Beyond that, the whole movie seemed very chaotic, none of the characters were particularly sympathetic, and for a "comedy" - even a dark one - I just didn't find this film funny. I suppose it is possible there is a VERY select audience for a film like this, but I'm just not part of that audience, and not sure that I want to be.


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