Dumped by her cad lover, soap actress Carmen Maura considers suicide by barbituate-laced gazpacho. But her life is soon invaded by a series of distractions, first by her ditsy friend Maria Barranco, who has recently discovered her boyfriend’s a terrorist…
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The transition from bubbling-under-the-surface crazy to balls-to-the-walls-batshit crazy is actually delightful (and smooth). The climax of the movie is hilarious and the characters are all strong. Almodovar at his best.
It is so enjoyable that even the meanest characters come off as rather fun and entertaining. The credit goes to Almodovar for the great script and direction. He nails it as he presents this story, and even the minor characters have great development. Maura's performance is amazing. It's so over the top, but it is so Almodovar.
I'm starting to see how foolish it was to try to get into Almodóvar by watching his latest films. His eighties films have so much more energy, and I can feel myself getting more serious about them because they don't take themselves so seriously. This one is a gem, fast, funny, and clever—and it makes a persuasive argument, in case any were needed, that men and women are both completely nuts.
Is incredible how in this movie Almodòvar manages to make his characters both so human and so grotesquely over the top, building a story that manages to touch on very emotional themes without losing its whimsical tone.
The “high art” sensibilities of a serious filmmaker meets the “low art (?)” trappings of television soap operas. Whatever you want to call it, it is undeniably fun. Sometimes that’s all that’s required of a movie, but this has more going for it too.
Verrrrrrrry close to 5 stars; a couple of plot indiscrepancies and a few dragging scenes are all that keep this from being one of my favorite movies of the 1980s. Even with their flaws, films like this always make you happy that movies exist in the first place.