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Law of Desire

La ley del deseo

1987, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 102 min.
With Eusebio Poncela, Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura

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  • Sat, Dec 28th 5:15pm
  • Thu, Jan 2nd 8:15pm

"Satirical, romantic, metaphorical...This is one of the rare movies that's sensually exciting at the same time that it's funny."—Pauline Kael

One of the essential works of Almodóvar's freewheeling early period, this black-humored blood-and-thunder melodrama centers, like PAIN & GLORY, on a filmmaker with an active gay lifestyle, while Banderas, young and hot in only his second Almodóvar film, appears in a key supporting role. Pablo (Poncela) is a successful director of gay porn films who is also mounting a stage production of Cocteau's The Human Voice. He has so far avoided commitment in his relationships, but one of his recent bedmates, a pouty rich boy named Antonio (Banderas), will go to any lengths, including murder, to possess Pablo totally. Ironies pile up as the plot thickens: the main suspect in the murder investigation is a fictional character from Pablo's latest screenplay; and the murderer begins dating Pablo's sister Tina (Maura), a lusty, busty transsexual capable of decking a policeman with a single punch. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

TWO-FILM DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for either PAIN & GLORY or LAW OF DESIRE, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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