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Law of Desire (1987)

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

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(as Pedro Almodovar)

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(screenplay), (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pablo Quintero
... Tina Quintero
... Antonio Benítez
Miguel Molina ... Juan Bermúdez
... Inspector de policía
... Ada, niña
... Doctor Martín
... Ada - madre (as Bibí Andersen)
... Madre Antonio
... El Cura
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Policía hijo
... Groupi
Lupe Barrado ... Enfermera
... 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

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

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5 March 1987 (Argentina)  »

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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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Crazy Credits

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

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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Voy a ser mamá
Written by Pedro Almodóvar, Fabio McNamara (as Fabio de Miguel) & Bernardo Bonezzi
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar (uncredited) & Fabio McNamara (uncredited)
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Sophisticated, sensual and subtle
29 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is my second favourite Almodovar film, after "Hable con Ella". It reveals the depth of the characters' feelings with such subtlety and delicacy that as viewers we find ourselves unable to judge the characters' actions. We are puzzled by the intensity of their desire, love and misery in the same way that we are puzzled by Benigno's deep loneliness and longing for love in "Hable con Ella". In "La ley del Deseo," murder and suicide become extreme natural consequences of the characters' love and suffering. We cannot condemn the murder any more than we can condemn the rape in "Hable con Ella".


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