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Labyrinth of Passion (1982)

Laberinto de pasiones (original title)
A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza ... See full summary »

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Pedro Almodóvar (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Roth ... Sexilia / Queti
Imanol Arias ... Riza Niro
Helga Liné ... Toraya
Marta Fernández Muro ... Queti
Fernando Vivanco Fernando Vivanco ... Doctor
Ofelia Angélica Ofelia Angélica ... Susana
Ángel Alcázar Ángel Alcázar ... Eusebio
Concha Grégori ... Angustias
Cristina Sánchez Pascual ... Eusebio's girlfriend
Fabio McNamara ... Fabio (as Fany McNamara)
Antonio Banderas ... Sadec
Luis Ciges ... Drycleaner
Agustín Almodóvar ... Hassan
María Elena Flores ... Remedios
Ana Trigo Ana Trigo ... Nana
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Storyline

A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza Niro discovers that Sadec and his colleagues are after him, he disguises himself as a punk rocker, and falls in love with the stunning Sexilia, his first straight relationship. Meanwhile Queti, Sexilia's "biggest fan", helps Sexilia come to terms with her new life-style. Written by Tristan White <THEWHITE@qmw.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 1982 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Labyrinth of Passion See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alphaville S.A. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The magazine that Riza is looking through has an article about porn star "Patti Diphusa". This is the name that director Pedro Almodóvar used when writing the memoirs of a porn star. See more »

Quotes

Sexilia: I went to an orgy after the concert, but I could only think of you.
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Connections

Features Live Fast, Die Young (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Gran ganga
Written by Pedro Almodóvar & Bernardo Bonezzi
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
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Labyrinth of Boredom
15 June 2005 | by Sturgeon54See all my reviews

I happened upon a rare copy of this early Almodovar film with high expectations - Almodovar is a prolific contemporary director, I enjoyed his 1988 film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", and I had read one or two very positive reviews of the film. Well, I must have missed completely the humor that the reviewers saw in this film. I just found it incoherent, tasteless, and boring. Yes, there are plenty of innuendos, people in drag, and crude sexual situations, and yes, these elements may have shocked audiences in 1982 (which was almost certainly Almodovar's intention), but much of the shock value has probably eroded over the years, leaving a limp storyline. Beyond that, the whole movie seemed very chaotic, none of the characters were particularly sympathetic, and for a "comedy" - even a dark one - I just didn't find this film funny. I suppose it is possible there is a VERY select audience for a film like this, but I'm just not part of that audience, and not sure that I want to be.


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