7.1/10
11,045
31 user 41 critic

Law of Desire (1987)

La ley del deseo (original title)
A gay filmmaker becomes involved with an obsessive fan while still pining for his absent true love. Meanwhile, he shares a close but complex relationship with his trans sister, an actress.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar (as Pedro Almodovar)

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Pedro Almodóvar (story)
Reviews
12 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

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 (as Fernando Guillen)
Manuela Velasco ... Ada, niña
Nacho Martínez ... Doctor Martín (as Nacho Martinez)
Bibiana Fernández ... Ada - madre (as Bibi 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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The iconic hose scene was shot twice. The first one wasn't useful because the pressure was so big that Carmen Maura fell down. While the crew adjusted the hose, Maura dried herself and changed the dress. The second time the scene was shot perfectly, but Maura had to dub herself because of the water noise. 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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Ministry of Time: Perdido en el tiempo (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Satanasa
(uncredited)
Written by Pedro Almodóvar, Fabio McNamara (as Fabio de Miguel), Bernardo Bonezzi & Carlos García Berlanga (as Carlos Berlanga)
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
See more »

User Reviews

Sophisticated, sensual and subtle
29 July 2004 | by mltubioSee 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".


7 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 31 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 March 1987 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Law of Desire See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,399, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$72,442

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,675
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

El Deseo, Laurenfilm See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed