Monthly Archives: April 1987

LAW OF DESIRE

NC_17, 102 min, 1987

Director: Pedro Almodóvar (as Pedro Almodovar)
Writer: Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Pedro Almodóvar (story)
Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas

Metafiction is nothing new to the Almodoverse and so, naturally, self-referential in-jokes and thinly veiled autobiography have become an integral part of some of his work. Unfortunately, all of these levels within levels, like a Russian Matryoshka (nesting cup) doll, work to keep we, the audience, at an emotional distance – or, perhaps, to mask the fact that under all the façade, there’s really not much there. Metafiction in film often involves multiple levels within levels of storytelling. Similarly, Almodovar’s Law of Desire begins multiple levels into its story. Continue reading

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