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Labyrinth of Passion (1982)

Laberinto de pasiones (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 September 1982 (Spain)
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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Pedro Almodóvar makes a cameo appearance as a leather-clad transvestite pop singer, performing the song "Suck it to Me". He wrote the lyrics for the song too. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: He was always interested in gynecology.
Toraya: You're telling me!
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Soundtracks

Suck It to Me
Written by Pedro Almodóvar, Fabio McNamara (as Fabio de Miguel) & Bernardo Bonezzi
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
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Chaotic provocation
28 March 2014 | by mvanhooreSee all my reviews

Reviewing a film is also reviewing the period that a movie was made. And besides that it also said something about the reviewer himself. Laberinto de Pasiones was made in 1982. All kind of taboos were already broken in the late sixties and seventies by directors like Pasolini, Verhoeven en Peckinpah to name just a few. In Spain the situation was different. Until 1975 the country was a dictatorship under General Franco, a strict Roman Catholic. Censorship was common and Spain missed the cultural changes the rest of Western Europe made completely. So when Spain turned into a democracy after the death of Franco the new freedom people enjoyed led to a period in culture where all boundaries were explored. In Laberinto de Pasiones a lot of things are shown which wouldn't be possible under the regime of Franco. Homosexuality, nymphomania and incest are just a few of the practices shown in this film.

Of course I was aware of the films by Aldomovar, I have seen Todo Sobre Mi Madre and Hable Con Ella which are excellent movies made by a mature director who understands human nature and is possible to combine drama with humor. I have also seen Atame! which shows the exploration of the sexual behavior of humans more than his later works. But I wasn't really prepared for the overflow of sexual perversions which is Laberinto. Aldomovar provokes here and he is exaggerating. Victims are the plot and the acting. As a viewer you're completely lost in about thirty story lines about people whose only purpose in life seems to be to fulfill their sexual obsessions. The mood of the film has most in common with the kind of movies that are not shown on IMDb, seventies porn flicks and that is not a compliment to this film. It all looks very amateurish to me. On the contrary the movie is not without humor. The scene in the music venue were Aldomovar himself sings a song in drag is really hilarious and probably the highpoint of the film. And it is special to see a young Antonio Banderas as a gay special agent, a role he wouldn't consider these days.

So Laberinto de Pasiones is probably an important film to free Spain from some boundaries in their cultural mindset but that doesn't make it a good film. Mediocre acting, a ramshackle plot and the mood of a porn movie prevents this from being an early hint of greatness of this director.


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