deSlang presents | BLUE RASCAL CINEMA | LAW OF DESIRE

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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21

LAW OF DESIRE   1987
(La ley del deseo)
Directed by Pedro Almodovar
102 minutes
In Spanish with English subtitles

Although he had been churning out films for years, the seventh feature film of Pedro Almodovar (Woman on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown, Volver, Talk to Her) was the film that first gave him international recognition. All of Almodovar’s films are full of wild fantasy, but in this film fantasy and real life come together in what is considered to be the most personal (even autobiographical) film of his career. In this film we see the template for many of the themes that he would further develop in his later films, and it is clear that LAW OF DESIRE was a real turning point in his filmmaking.

Pablo is a writer/director of fantastic movies. He gets into the snares of an obsessive admirer (a very young Antonio Banderas in a great performance) who has a fatal attraction for Pablo and will kill for his love. The film reveals the depth of the character’s feelings with such subtlety and intensity that we as viewers find ourselves unable to judge the characters’ actions. In fact, extreme passions, including death, are seen as the natural consequences of the character’s love and suffering. La ley del deseo is a beautifully shot melodrama about love as a desperate need, which raises many questions about the very nature of love and passion.

In this film you will already find many of the devices Almodovar uses in his later films, including telephones, drug use (cocaine in particular), dysfunctional families, trans-sexual ambiguity, pedophile priests, and hospitals. And oh yes, it also includes a wonderfully unique version of Jacques Brel’s “Ne me quitte pas“…..

BLUE RASCAL CINEMA @ De Slang
Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00
Entrance: Free

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