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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eusebio Poncela ...
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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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5 March 1987 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

A Lei do Desejo  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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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

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Soundtracks

Tango
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Pedro Almodóvar's disturbed love triangles
8 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Pablo Quintero makes sexually explicit homosexual films. Antonio (Antonio Banderas) is an obsessed fan and they have a fling. Pablo still keeps Juan as his boyfriend. Antonio becomes ever more disturbing. Pablo's sister Tina is a transgender female aspiring actress raising their niece Ada whose mother has gone away.

This is an early Antonio Banderas and I love his energy. He has a magnetic cinematic presence. I wish the lead actor is equal to him. He's a little blah but his character could have been something great. This could be a great movie about Antonio. It ends up more as a lesser movie about Pablo.


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