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Law of Desire (1987)

La ley del deseo (original title)
A film makers sexual disorientation jepordizes his latest project.

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(as Pedro Almodovar)

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
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Cast

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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Release Date:

5 March 1987 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

A Lei do Desejo  »

Box Office

Gross:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Tina (Carmen Maura) washes dishes in Pablo's (Eusebio Poncela) kitchen, she wears an apron that has the logo for What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984). The logo is the same one as the one used for the Spanish posters for that film. 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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Connections

References What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Guardo che luna
Composed by G. Malgoni
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Excellent
2 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film after having seen Bad Education, and there are many plot lines similar in both. I loved this film, not only am I a huge fan of Almodóvar, but in this film, the easy and simple beauty of the shots stood out. The acting was good, not amazing but good, particularly from Pablo and Tina. As well as directing beautifully, Almodóvar knows how to infuse a scene with sex, even if no sex is actually taking place-for example, when Antonio lights his cigarette of Pablo's. The film does become melodramatic towards the end, but I don't see this as a failing, melodrama, if done well, as it is here, need not be ridiculous


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