A girl's mother returns after 15 years to find her daughter has married one of her (the mother's) old boyfriends. They try to mend their broken mother/daughter relationship and deal with ... See full summary »
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
In the early 60s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and fear in a Christian school. Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries. The three characters come against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in 1980. These meetings are set to change the life and death of some of them.Written by
At the beginning of the movie, there's a poster of a fictitious film called "La abuela fantasma" on the wall in Enrique's studio (it's clearly visible when Ángel leaves after giving his screenplay to Enrique). "La abuela fantasma" was the original title of another Pedro Almodóvar film, Volver (2006). See more »
When young Ignacio is singing to Father Manolo as a birthday present his lips move a little before we hear the lyrics See more »
I think I've just lost my faith at this moment, so I no longer believe in God or hell. As I don't believe in hell, I'm not afraid. And without fear I'm capable of anything.
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An R-rated version of the film that trims or cuts some scenes was released on DVD, though the original NC-17 one is also available in the exact same format. See more »
Ironically easily usable in classes about film-making
OK, so you'd have to make sure that they could all handle the subject matter, but once you're past that, it's perfect. This is only the second Almodovar movie that I watch(and I haven't seen the other version of this, either), the first being Volver, which I *loved*. I've heard that his work is usually divisive... I guess so, because this one simply did not grab me. It's not the overall story; in fact, I have to commend the man on an impeccable job done on the structure, the sheer fact that you can *follow* this thing, with several narratives, is a genuine accomplishment, and I personally enjoyed immensely how the director in this was trying to make motion pictures out of real events, right down to finding inspiration in newspapers, to see the artistic process, although I suppose that not everyone will necessarily feel the same way as I did about it. I have no problem with exploring pedophilia in the Church, rather, I consider it vital to do so. It's probably not that this is a crime mystery, and I hadn't figured out the solution before it was revealed. The plot is good, and it moves along nicely. I can only applaud the acting, even the kids are utterly and completely convincing. The characters are well-written, thoroughly developed, credible and three-dimensional. This is put together well, the cinematography and editing are smooth and clearly had effort and talent behind them. You know what? I don't think I can define why this didn't click with me. However, I'm not going to take it out on something as expertly made as this. It wasn't for me, that doesn't mean it won't be for you. If what I've described here sounds appealing, give it a chance. There is a lot of pretty graphic(apparently, originally downright explicit)sexuality and nudity, a little disturbing content and some infrequent strong language in this. Also, for anyone bothered by such, this is about transvestitism and homosexuality. The DVD comes with four and a half minutes of deleted scenes, a handful of galleries, a minute and 45 seconds behind the scenes montage, a theatrical trailer, a teaser and a TV spot. I recommend this to any fan of drama. 8/10
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