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A lot of tying in an oddity of a popular foreign title, nothing to write home about

5/10
Author: videorama-759-859391 from adelaide, australia
6 April 2015

This movie I must say, really didn't do much for me, or have me, if only for the two leads and some nice loud sets. TMUTMD is a very different love story indeed, with an offbeat and odd scenario, if for the characters themselves. An early star in the making, Banderas really gives a good performance, as a hunky troubled patient, Ricky, with some violent tendencies, who's just been released from the nuthouse. He's been doing the older matron there too. Obsessing about an old flame, and B porn actress, Martika (sexy April) he tracks her down, intent on making a life with her, to much her disapproval, first not even remembering him. Antonio dons a few disguises and his unstable self, were at moments, unsettling (those patients who can flip switches, calm, one moment, crazy the next. Resorting to kidnapping her, Ricky's determined to break her down while sharing some sexual interludes with her, while keeping her tied up, a few ways over a couple of days, where a movie set is missing a lead actress. April's character was very intriguing and captivating, where there are times she becomes compassionate and understanding to her captor, where other moments, she absolutely hates him. She was a hard nut to figure. You can't deny this great foreign actress has a sexy and magical presence. Yes, there are some saucy sex scenes, but it's not up to your average quota in these adult titles, foreign or otherwise. One scene, funny as, has her fantasizing in the bath, with only a wind up aquaman, below, keeping her asexual company, swimming along the surface and ending up at the honey pot of hers, between her legs. The movie is worth watching for the actors, especially if a fan of Banderas, years before he packed that guitar case of hard armorment. It's cute and happy ending is another oddity, if also unsatisfying, in one of the oddest love stories you'll see, that won't grow on you, and least likely forget, in the weeks that pass.

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An eclectic mixture of genres with a truly bizarre sort of charm

8/10
Author: CarlosERM from Venezuela
1 April 2015

My rating: 7.5/10

My opinion on the film:

An eclectic mixture of genres with a truly bizarre sort of charm, Átame! by Pedro Almodóvar is a dark comedy, a psychological thriller and a love story all at once, and though certainly it can be a little baffling how strange it is, most of the time its weird tone works in its favor and for the best.

The plot centers on a psychotic, unstable, obsessive, highly seductive and downright crazy man (but with literally insanely good intentions underneath it all) who, after being released from a mental hospital after receiving the "sane" notice, sets out to kidnap a porn actress he had had a one night stand with a year earlier that he is in love with, and all of this with the purpose of showing her that he's the right man for her, that no one could love her as much he does, and to make her fall in love with him just as he loves her so they will marry and have kids.

Everything that goes on is at least ten times crazier than what I just wrote sounds, but on account of Almodóvar's impressive direction and mostly clever writing, along with the electrifyingly magnetic acting in display (especially by Antonio Banderas in the main role), this movie is really something special. The evolution of the relationship between the two main characters and how their bond is shaped progressively are aspects the director made fascinating to watch, and the unsettling way Stockholm syndrome appears to be here like a perfectly normal, sweet and beautiful thing is nothing less than one of his biggest accomplishments with this picture.

Again, it's surely imperfect and at least twice or thrice its oddness can get to be a little bit off-putting, but it recovered from its few missteps honorably. There are many memorable parts, but the wildly intense and masterfully edited and shot sex scene is quite probably what'll stick around in my memory the longest.

Átame! is sexually provocative, wickedly funny at times and, love it or hate it, a unique movie in most regards. It's hardly my favorite kind of film but I have to say that its boldness is admirable. It also helped that its strangely beautiful and touching final scene ended things on a high note.

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A mad person's affair with a porn star is such a unique story.

8/10
Author: a-tsitsos from Greece
19 January 2015

After watching Almodovar's Atame i stood a little bit and had some thoughts about what i saw(something that happens almost every Almodovar film).The way that Almodovar tells he story is brilliant.Banderas's role makes the viewer that the plot will be evolve into a triller rather than a romance comedy.Almodovar once again chooses a female for the lead and once more he succeeds serving the action around his characters.

The plot is such a unique story about a psychological ill man who loves madly an ex-porn star and kidnaps her,tying her down in her own apartment.He wants her to love him,but his sometimes violent methods seem that he won't complete his goal,but then there's the plot twist.

Almodovar,whose movies are a mean of shocking the after Franco Spain,does indeed shock again.People in the time that the movie was realized didn't have used to live in a free Spain so the ignored some of their personal rights.Almodovar helps them to know their rights and respect the different.

In this movie you get to know about real feelings,love and how it can be grown in the most odd places,in the oddest situations.Ricky evolves from an violent former mental patient into a love subject.Marina evolves from a ex porn star now on her zenith of fame into an understanding lovely woman who after many pleasures gets to know true love.

Another funny element is Almodovar's alter ego the director of the movie Marina stars in.It is said from the director himself that he is a director of women so does Almodovar.

Although it might not be Almodovar's best it is certainly a have to watch.I personally had a great time watching the movie.I don't believe that only Almodovar's fans watch this film as it is not his most shocking of his career(not like La mala Educacion,The Skin I Live In).

A beautiful movie whose happy ending leaves you a sweet taste for tomorrow.

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Gloriously Beautiful

8/10
Author: gavin6942 from United States
20 September 2014

An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient (Antonio Banderas) takes a porn star (Victoria Abril) prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.

How can anyone deny the beautiful, almost dreamlike use of color in this film? Trying to find anything comparable is a challenge. The musicals of Jacques Demy? No, not even those.

"Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" comes from a strong pedigree, as it follows in the myth of Beauty and the Beast and the notion that the savagery of the Beast is, in the presence of Beauty, tamed by gentler feelings. This has been a recurrent theme in films like "King Kong", "Frankenstein" and "Tarzan the Ape Man". Some have even drawn parallels to "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" in that kidnapping can lead to romance.

The soundtrack was composed by Ennio Morricone in the style of a thriller and is reminiscent of Bernard Herrmann's score for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". This music changes the whole tone. Some consider the film a "dark romantic comedy" and others even say there is a hint of horror in there. Much of the mood relies on the music -- with a lighter tone, this could just be an "offbeat" romantic comedy and not a "dark" one -- there is very little about the film that is dark besides the music.

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Are We All Tied Up?

9/10
Author: Paul Du Charme III (pducharm@u.washington.edu) from United States
11 May 2010

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Pedro Almodóvar creates an interesting film to add to the romantic comedy category. One is led to believe that this film is not a comedy until various plot devices reveal just how far Ricky (Antonio Banderas) is willing to go to capture the heart of Marina (Victoria Abril). Different perhaps from other films from Almodóvar, is the female centered plot. This time it is shared between both male and female. Ricky is released from a mental institute with various handyman skills that prove useful in his pursuit of Marina. Marina is a former porn star and drug addict. These two have met once before the story's events. After a short trip to the set in which Marina works, Ricky witnesses what should have been the end of the film being shot. It can then be inferred that Ricky is not the only one with an obsession with Marina, but also the director of the film being shot in the movie. Quickly after, Ricky quickly sets out to work on getting Marina to love him by giving her the chance to understand him. He makes his way into her apartment and ties her up. While Marina is relatively helpless against Ricky, being physically tied up, she has also tied Ricky up emotionally as he can think of nothing else but her. Perhaps not heartwarming in the soft sense, but his dedication and determination is something to be noted.

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Great film, but not Almodovar's best

7/10
Author: Rachel Walker from United States
7 September 2008

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Atame is beautifully filmed, funny, and compelling. In true Almodovar style it is controversial, as the story implies a woman can be forced to love a man, and because the audience begins to identify with and root for the captor and abuser, rather than the victim. The acting is great and Antonio Banderas plays the role surprisingly well. The sexual tension between Abril and Banderas is played wonderfully. Despite the film's rating, the sexual scenes are not unnecessarily graphic. Atame is a great film that deals with a controversial topic, however it is not nearly as thought provoking or moving as many of Almodovar's other films including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Talk to her.

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atame

10/10
Author: andizapatagj from Ecuador
4 February 2008

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one great movie. The best of almodovar till the date. The performances of banderas and abril are incredible as the script and direction of this crazy, sweet and incredible film of this extravagant Spanish genius. The most amazing thing of this movie is that it makes you wish the villain could win by the end of the movie and you're always rooting for the character of banderas even when you know what hes doing is wrong and that there are better ways to seduce a woman. You can understand him and later on even abril character ends up falling in love with him in own of the sweetest, smoothest and most romantic and passionate sex scenes in the movie history.

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A Blissful Blend Of Twisted Humour, Erotic Tension and Low-Brow Sexual Dilemmas

8/10
Author: Det_McNulty from London
9 December 2006

Pedro Almodóvar is certainly a controversial director and at first glance a lot of people consider him a man who exploits sex. In fact he does the complete opposite; he studies sexual relationships, sexual tension, sexual desires, lust and love. I've always considered him a remarkable director with the likes of his tightly "knitted" masterpiece Live Flesh and the evocative drama Talk to Her. Though not always appealing to the mass audience (being one of the directors with the dreaded NC-17 inappropriately labelling his films) he has succeeded in attracting critics, movie buffs and other directors to his films. With all the labels and controversy that Almodóvar has had shafted upon himself you'd be surprised at how differently you may interpret his films.

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Follows the exploits of a man called Ricky (played by Antonio Banderas) who gets let out an asylum and stalks an "actress/porn star" named Marina who he once had sex with. He decides to kidnap her and tie her up, while still feeling guilty at his behaviour he hopes Marina will fall in love with him. The story moves at a very exhilarating pace as the viewer becomes introduced to a series of generally bizarre characters. The film manages to perfectly show the two polar opposites of both Marina and Ricky, yet including the similarities of them both. Ricky is definitely not what you'd call likable and yet of the surface Marina has a vibrant, amiable personality around her. Then once you come to know Marina you'll become uncertain of her "innocent" personality.

The film's offbeat sexy style is certainly one that will provoke the viewer, but at times the sexiness is taken away by the character's actions which are important for showing what kind of people they're. Almodóvar's visual style is one that excites and differs between claustrophobia and then opening the wide world the characters are surrounded by to the viewer. I've always considered Almodóvar to use a distinct style that feels as if its theatre, a lot of the scenes feels very staged which I personally adore. The intelligent use of vivacious colour to show the isolating pop culture is one that exhilarates the general feel of the film.

The script manages itself so creatively around the characters, as you watch a character suddenly change personality you'll come to realise the script writing helps the scenes burst with charisma and charm. Even with all the charm and wit you'll still find yourself overwhelmed by a sense of outlandish creepiness that undertones the film. The passionate romance seems so unreal and only kicks in for the main characters as the film progresses. For a film that revolves around very little set pieces and characters you'll find yourself involved with the eccentric prowess. The film's superb use of music creates the tones with excellence.

The film is certainly not one that is realistic and rather relies on the extreme character's fantasies to decide a resolution of your own. Technically dazzling and structured with such ease there's nothing quite like an Almodóvar work of art. Comic virtuosity enables the film the enchanting versatility and for that you're bound to love it. Downright brilliant, Spanish cinema with an extensive cult appeal and one that manages to captivate and enthral at all times. Not a film for everyone, but I'd say it's one that you should definitely attempt if you're interested in art house cinema.

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Wonderfully zany

7/10
Author: Tito-8 from North Bay, Ontario
4 August 1999

This is some more inspired insanity from Pedro Almodóvar, and so far, it is certainly my favourite Almodóvar film. There are many scenes in this film that are pure gold, and these more than make up for the occasional slow stretch, although these slow spots do keep the movie from being truly great. Abril and Banderas both give great performances as the leads, but really, the whole cast is effective. I just found this movie to have a wonderful mix of good storytelling with more than a little madness, and so I was left thoroughly satisfied.

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atame

10/10
Author: andizapatagj from Ecuador
4 February 2008

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one great movie. The best of almodovar till the date. The performances of banderas and abril are incredible as the script and direction of this crazy, sweet and incredible film of this extravagant Spanish genius. The most amazing thing of this movie is that it makes you wish the villain could win by the end of the movie and you're always rooting for the character of banderas even when you know what hes doing is wrong and that there are better ways to seduce a woman. You can understand him and later on even abril character ends up falling in love with him in own of the sweetest, smoothest and most romantic and passionate sex scenes in the movie history.

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