DIRECTOR: PEDRO ALMODOVAR
COUNTRY: SPAIN 1991
MUSIC: RYUICHI SAKAMOTO
PHOTOGRAPHY: ALFREDO MAYO
CAST: VICTORIA ABRIL, MARISA PAREDES, MIGUEL BOSE, FEODOR ATKINE, BIBI ANDERSEN
SUPER FEATURES: SPANISH STYLED DARK COMEDY.
The Spanish have a knack for the surrealistic, or just plain old ... weird sometimes.
The story is about a fading 'star' actress that retreats at midlife to Mexico (very common) in order to keep her career going. And her daughter stays behind. Several years later, she returns to Spain, and gets all kinds of attention (publicity) by the press.
The daughter married her former lover and producer. And the mother rekindles her affair with him as well. And the whole thing gets tangled up so badly that one wonders what is going to happen next.
Amidst all this, there is a cross dresser who does the night club circuit by singing several songs by the famous actress. And this person has a very special mark, by which he is known.
There are many traces of Luis Bunuel in this film. The story appears to be a real mess until it cleverly gets tied up. And even several characters are hanging in thin air, because they don't know what is going on. And of course the DEUX EX MACHINA works very well, and cleans up the whole thing ... ohh well.
It's a funny film at various moments, and it is at times really poor, reminding me of some really bad soap operas found on the mexican stations. This film by Pedro Almodovar is a good film and it has its bits of fun. And it is kind of fun not knowing what is going to happen.
It's worth seeing when you are curious about something else which you have not seen. The Spanish surrealism, and political in jokes may leave you cold, but they are funny. Typical Spanish offering. You can't make out wether it is serious or just fun.
SEE IT, when you want another film that is just plain old fun to catch!
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