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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:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where Tina (Carmen Maura) washes dishes in Pablo's (Eusebio Poncela) kitchen, she wears an apron that has the logo for What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984). The logo is the same one as the one used for the Spanish posters for that 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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Lo dudo
Written by Chucho Navarro (as Navarro)
Performed by Los Panchos
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Excellent
2 July 2004 | by duckgirlieSee all my reviews

I saw this film after having seen Bad Education, and there are many plot lines similar in both. I loved this film, not only am I a huge fan of Almodóvar, but in this film, the easy and simple beauty of the shots stood out. The acting was good, not amazing but good, particularly from Pablo and Tina. As well as directing beautifully, Almodóvar knows how to infuse a scene with sex, even if no sex is actually taking place-for example, when Antonio lights his cigarette of Pablo's. The film does become melodramatic towards the end, but I don't see this as a failing, melodrama, if done well, as it is here, need not be ridiculous


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