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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

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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Connections

Referenced in Hongos (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Ne me quitte pas
Written by Jacques Brel
Performed by Maysa Matarazzo
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Fatal Attraction without the bunny.
20 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You will find all the familiar Almodovar devices here: telephones, drug use (cocaine in particular), dysfunctional families, sexual ambiguity, pedophile priests, and hospitals. These themes permeate his work, but they are woven intricately throughout this film.

Pablo (Eusebio Poncela) is a writer/director of fantastic movies. He gets into the snares of an obsessive (Antonio Banderas in a great performance) who has a fatal attraction and will kill for his love. At the same time, he has to deal with his transvestite sister played by Carmen Maura (Volver, Women on the Verge, Matador) in another magnificent role.

It is a melodrama about love as that is the overriding need for Banderas and for Maura, who has given up on men since her father left her. It is also about family. Of course, there is a crossing of genres as there is some comedy, but that is minor.

Another magnificent Almodovar film.


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