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Law of Desire (1987)
"La ley del deseo" (original title)

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A film makers sexual disorientation jepordizes his latest project.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eusebio Poncela ...
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Tina Quintero
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Miguel Molina ...
Juan Bermúdez
Fernando Guillén ...
Inspector de policía
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Ada, niña
Nacho Martínez ...
Doctor Martín
Bibiana Fernández ...
Ada - madre (as Bibí Andersen)
Helga Liné ...
Madre de Antonio
Germán Cobos ...
El Cura
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Policía, chico
Marta Fernández Muro ...
Una Groupi
Lupe Barrado ...
Enfermera
Alfonso Vallejo ...
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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Release Date:

5 March 1987 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

La ley del deseo  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 240,365,945 (Spain)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The iconic hose scene was shot twice. The first one wasn't useful because the pressure was so big that Carmen Maura fell down. While the crew adjusted the hose, Maura dried herself and changed the dress. The second time the scene was shot perfectly, but Maura had to dub herself because of the water noise. 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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Referenced in Hongos (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Satanasa
Written by Pedro Almodóvar, Fabio McNamara (as Fabio de Miguel), Bernardo Bonezzi & Carlos García Berlanga (as Carlos Berlanga)
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
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Breaking the Law of Desire
13 December 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

After what seems like a gratuitous gay sex scene (in reality, it's the climax of a movie seen by the stars of this movie), writer/director Pedro Almodóvar gets down to business…

Promiscuous and successful director Eusebio Poncela (as Pablo Quintero) bids young lover Miguel Molina (as Juan Bermúdez) a fond farewell. Mr. Molina must leave Madrid, for the coast; he begs off about duties, but really wants Mr. Poncela to clean up his act. This leaves an opening for likewise handsome young Antonio Banderas (as Antonio Benitez), who was turned on by the film's sexy cinematic beginning, and has been fantasizing about being mounted by Poncela. Mr. Banderas wants plugging with a passion.

After getting himself plucked by Poncela, Banderas begins displaying psychotic, stalker-like behavior. Banderas professes undying love for Poncela, who continues to moon over Molina. Their increasingly dangerous love triangle is sidestepped with attention given to Poncela's transsexual sister and confidante Carmen Maura (as Tina), a single mom. The gay stalker story in "Law of Desire" was likely more intriguing in decades past - but, Mr. Almodóvar's direction and the extraordinary performances hold up very well.

******* La ley del deseo (2/7/87) Pedro Almodóvar ~ Eusebio Poncela, Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura, Miguel Molina


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