Diego is a matador unable to get back into the ring after having been impaled by a bull. He is reduced to teaching the art of bullfighting to younger folks…including a fan, Angel, (Antonio Banderas) who is a little twisted: he can’t stand the sight of blood. His mother may have scarred him for life, and he has intense visions and dreams of reported murders throughout the city. He figures he must be the murderer, though of course he is not. Still, he confesses and turns himself in. His story line is but one of several…
A Pedro Almodóvar brilliant early black comedy.
Splashing his colorful films across the dour post-Franco Spanish landscape with the irreverent glee of a prostitute arriving late to church after a long night, Pedro Almodóvar has been called the most influential Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel. Beginning in the 1980s, Almodóvar started serving up provocative, candy-colored visions fraught with postmodernist insight into everything from sex and violence to religion and the dangers of good gazpacho. Sometimes shocking, sometimes controversial, Almodóvar’s films have always managed to present a new and intriguing view of his native country, shaping the attitudes of both his compatriots and a larger international audience.
Born September 25, 1951, in Calzada de Calatrava, an impoverished hamlet of La Mancha, Almodóvar was raised in a traditional Spanish household. He studied with Salesian monks, sang in the choir, and generally felt like a misfit; he was later to remark that, for him, growing up in such an environment was tantamount… read more
Even if one does not like a certain Almodóvar film, they will ever be able to say that it was not photographed beautifully. Each shot is composed so carefully, that the films are worth watching even if only for the cinematography. The story is not as great as some of his other films, but it's not boring. I felt the first few minutes were a bit too uncomfortable, but overall, the film works perfectly for me.
What a beautiful and intriguing idea this movie suggest: that death is in itself the quintessential orgasm. That despite of the conception we have of death it can be also the opposite. Death as the… read review
Only Almodovar can make a film so morbidly fascinated with love and murder. A critic called one of his films, and I paraphrase, ‘a mix between Woody Allen, Luis Bunuel, and John Waters.’ I think that’s… read review