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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 de Antonio
... El Cura
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Policía, chico
... Una Groupi
Lupe Barrado ... Enfermera
... Sargento
Maruchi León ... Hermana de Juan
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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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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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Referenced in Hongos (1999) See more »

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Lo dudo
Written by Chucho Navarro
Performed by Los Panchos
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Almodovar achieves his aims.
30 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

I once read that Pedro Almodovar wanted to reach out his audience via their hearts, their minds and their genitals, with this, my first experience with the director, he most certainly sticks to his aims. The film opens with a young man masturbating upon the orders of his director, from here on in the tone is set for what is, a bonkers, yet highly entertaining picture.

The plot revolves around the sexual adventures of gay director Pablo Quintero and his transsexual sister, Tina, her struggle with men and the duty of bringing up a young daughter who she fathered when she was a he!, still with me?. Into their lives comes Antonio Benitez, he's sexually fascinated with Pablo but gets his nose put out of joint upon learning of Pablo's love of another guy called Juan, things are about to get darkly unnerving.

Law Of Desire is stylish and full of tricky eccentricities, it's also very much in your face with its blatant urge to be seedy, however it's backed up by wonderful performances from Antoino Banderas {Benitez}, Carmen Maura {Tina} and Eusebio Poncela {Pablo}, whilst it's director is clearly a talent that was, at this time in his life, making films with attitude and a devil may care spirit. 7/10


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