Law of Desire

(La Ley del deseo, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 1987)


The films of cult Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar swing between brightly coloured camp theatrics (as in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [1988]) and more earnestly dramatic explorations of the nature of sexual desire (like Matador [1986]).

The latter tendency is the more interesting, making Law of Desire a strange, riveting, gay version of a Hitchcockian thriller-melodrama about thwarted love.

Almodóvar regulars Eusebio Poncela, Miguel Molina and Antonio Banderas play their extravagant, contorted roles with absolute conviction.

MORE Almodóvar: All About My Mother, The Flower of My Secret, Live Flesh

© Adrian Martin May 1992

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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