Almodóvar made an international name for himself when this was released and for good reason. No one makes films like Pedro does - his style is uniquely his own and this film first showed us how rebellious, hilarious, and topical his work is. A luscious, pro-woman tale shines brighter in a post-Franco Spain and it clearly struck a chord as this was a smash hit in 1988.
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.