A landmark film for Almodóvar, a definitive film of the 1980s, and a worldwide hit. Dumped by her cad lover, soap actress Carmen Maura considers suicide by barbituate-laced gazpacho. But she’s distracted first by her ditsy friend Maria Barranco, who has recently discovered her boyfriend’s a terrorist, then by her ex-lover’s son Antonio Banderas, who wants to sublease the apartment, then his crazy mom Julieta Serrano, just out of the asylum and ready for revenge, not to mention finding the right pair of shoes to confront her ex in. –AFI
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
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En ésta, su película más americana y elegante, Almodóvar nos muestra sus inconfundibles decorados… read review