A great film that touches upon motherhood, sexuality (of all kinds), acting, and the abandonment and abuse of women by men. The first film I've seen by Pedro Almodovar and he's clearly a great filmmaker. I dug his influences (Sirk, Tennessee Williams, Bunuel, etc.) and his progressive & feminist point of view. A very emotional and powerful experience.
Drôle, touchant, Almodovar explore en profondeur la relation entre une mère et son enfant, sous toutes ses formes; fils perdu, mère absente, mère retrouvée, fausse parenté, grossesse physique ou spirituelle... Tout y passe, dans un scénario intelligent, rafraîchissant, tenu par d'excellentes actrices.
Almodovar has a rare ability to draw the most unlikely of strands together into a convincing whole. Like tectonic plates that should grate alarmingly, his synthesises of improbabilities, vulgarities and allusions work - not because of garish melodramatics (although they're frequently a treat) but that they're shot through - as here - with a very humane feeling for affinity and love. An earthy triumph.
This story, these themes (sexuality, transgender, identity, etc.) and these characters, bring to life something worthwhile - even if Almodovar’s ideas aren’t fully realized on screen. The scenes that work are in and around the stage - this is where the weave of fiction and reality blend the most – creating the surreal both in character and story but emboldened by the lighting and scene design
Almodovar’s melodramas succeed because of their emotional honesty. They are the highest form of Spanish soap operas. Improbable, over the top things happen, but because of the commitment to the characters, story, and style, it works on the feelings without being corny or sappy. Maybe it’s because Almodovar is touching on real humanities.
What I love about Almodovar films is it's unpredictability. You just float to wherever the plot takes you and trust that he delivers every single time! His formula: Strong female leads, great acting, complex plot and colourful cinematography that keeps you indulged from start to finish.
Almodovar's love letter to the various sides of womanhood. What struck me, seeing this film in a packed house at the Metrograph, is how the heroines dabble in different societal roles for women—nurse, mother, whore, nun, diva—but are still defined by their individuality, bonding in a microcosm where men are scarcely present. The other coup is the balance of tones; mixing comedy with an HIV diagnosis takes skill.