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Law of Desire (1987)

La ley del deseo (original title)
A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar (as Pedro Almodovar)

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Pedro Almodóvar (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eusebio Poncela ... Pablo Quintero
Carmen Maura ... Tina Quintero
Antonio Banderas ... Antonio Benítez
Miguel Molina Miguel Molina ... Juan Bermúdez
Fernando Guillén ... Inspector de policía
Manuela Velasco ... Ada, niña
Nacho Martínez ... Doctor Martín
Bibiana Fernández ... Ada - madre (as Bibí Andersen)
Helga Liné ... Madre Antonio
Germán Cobos ... El Cura
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Policía hijo
Marta Fernández Muro ... Groupi
Lupe Barrado Lupe Barrado ... Enfermera
Alfonso Vallejo ... Sargento
Maruchi León 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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Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 March 1987 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Law of Desire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

El Deseo, Laurenfilm See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Manuela Velasco first 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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Pedro Almodóvar appears in a scene as an employee in a DIY shop and serves Banderas's character. See more »

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Remade as Bad Education (2004) See more »

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Tango
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Performed by Orquesta Sinfonia de la R.T.V. Rusa
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A truly amazing movie!
3 December 2005 | by elgc45See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite Almodovar movies. I was amazed at the level of acting and the quality of the script. As always full of sex and full of demonization towards the Catholic Church and its "celibate" priests. Pedro Almodovar usually tells the untold story of the church in Spain in a way that's always cynical and objective. The relationships of love between two men are what most of his most celebrated films are about. Love, sex, murder, and all of the sins of the flesh are also present in this film. In conclusion, this film possesses all of the qualities of a great Almodovar movie. LA LEY DEL DESEO is a Truly Amazing Movie. 10 Stars!!!


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