Just released from residential psychiatry, gentle orphan Ricky pursues his pathological obsession: porn actress Marina. Penniless and without a chance to court her, he kidnaps her from the set of a crippled director Maximo’s last movie. And that’s just the beginning…
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80s Pedro is the best Pedro, because the sheer transgressive, whacky energy made his Z-bend narratives a feature, not a bug. For this one, which may (probably) offend, I'm not sure if it goes too far or if going too far is the point. Virtue #1: a vision of a world where libidos make people do strange things. Virtue #2: contrasting a stalker and a film director obsessed with the same woman but in different ways.
A love triangle pitting three auteurs against one another, two of whom are imaginary and therefore beyond hope, a disadvantage that leaves Almodovar all alone dancing a victory lap; unless, of course, you count the company of his prized figment of feminine allure. 3.5. Quintessential Banderiana.
It's a dangerous movie cause it turns obsession into a love story and rape into passionate love making. The ending was perfect and problematic at the same time. "Don't even mention the words porn and junkie."
While the beginning is somewhat slow, when it picks up the pace, it becomes really entertaining. Although the story is rather controversial, I feel like it was executed rather well. The cinematography was, as always, perfect. It may not be up there with the rest of the Almodovar canon, but it is really well made.
What a strange, sensual heart. Antonio Banderas is creepily cute, and Victoria Abril earths a cheeky performance. I love this dynamic! How unrealistic. Reminds me of Margaret Atwood's "Rape Fantasies." ¡Átame!
Coming away from this with the impression that tears betray the happy absurdity we see like those of someone unable to wake from a nightmare, a dream of unsettling passions and burning fears. Sexy and sadistic for sure, and definitely kitschy, always hinting that something is amiss, like some kind of postmodern negative-world where common sense is defeated and we're left confused, aroused, and a little disgusted.
Intuitions of a master: It's always interesting to reach back & watch a great director's early work. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! holds true to so many fascinating Almodovar themes. The characters remain in his later films, if not by the same name, by obsession, though his later films offer more density. It's sexy. It's sick. It's sadistic. It's Almodovar.