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Law of Desire
Law of Desire
Actor: Eusebio Poncela
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NC-17     2009     1hr 42min

Popular film director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela) has found a new love in the form of handsome blue-collar Juan (Miguel Molina). Not altogether comfortable with his lifestyle, Juan decides to leave Pablo for a while t...  more »

     
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Actor: Eusebio Poncela
Creator: Carmen Maura
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/03/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1987
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1987
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: NC-17
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

A Tragic Love Story and Foreign Film
John R. Huetteman | Los Angeles, CA | 08/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Law of Desire [La Ley Del Deseo] is by far the most memorable foreign film I have ever seen. In part, because I was sitting in a bubble (a sterile room with filtered and purified air) with my partner of 4 1/2 years who was undergoing salvage chemotherapy for a high-grade level 5 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I was forced into watching this movie on a television and VCR I had taken to the hospital!

This Spanish movie, which stars among others Antonio Banderas, is truly a tragic love story of the character played by Antonio Banderas' obsession for another man who he loves deeply. The movie has bizarre twists in a love quadrangle that keeps the brow raised on many occasions, and at the end, where Antonio's love is holding him in his arms and sobbing that tear-jerking sob that comes from the soul, my partner called out to me and said "I will always love you, okay?" and had stopped breathing and passed away which is why this movie is truly embedded in me forever.

An excellent drama, but be prepared with lots of tissue."
Keeping my fingers cross.....
A. Salgado | San Diego | 10/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finally the law of desire a masterpiece in cinema is finally coming on dvd.You do not have to buy the whole pedro almodovar set to get this which is now out of print....I won't write a whole essay on this movie other than to say buy this is one of the best films in his movie career and ive waited yeras for this release in a single dvd purchase."
Personally Almodovar
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 11/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Law of Desire" (La ley del deseo)

Personally Almodovar

Amos Lassen


Pedro Almodovar's masterpiece "The Law of Desire" is finally available on DVD and it is a treasure. The film is the story of Pablo and Tina who have extremely complicated sexual lives. Pablo is a writer and film/stage director who is gay and in love with Juan, a young man who does not return his affections. Pablo's brother, Tina, is a transsexual who is angry with men, raising Ada and trying to become an actress. Pablo meets and begins an affair with Antonio, a guy who becomes jealous of Pablo's feelings for Juan and violence occurs with Pablo losing his memory for a while. Here things get complicated as when Pablo regains his memory he finds that Antonio is now with Tina and he is forced to face him and his own desire.
The film is quite a moving and sensitive meditation on desire whether it be purely physical or love. All the characters seek it and the movie raises the question as to what it is worth. We see that love is very serious and is worth dying for. Antonio tries to teach Pablo the value of love.
This is one of Almodovar's early films and it is still regarded as one of his best. It brings together comedy, drama and tragedy and also incorporates a good deal of explicit gay sex and male nudity without being exploitive. The acting is good and surprising enough is that the weakest performance comes from Antonio Banderas as Antonio. The direction is flawless and visually the film is a total feast for the eyes. Almodovar can make everything in his films look beautiful.
Banderas plays a straight psychopath who is prepared to become gay in order to further his career with Pablo (Eusebio Poncela). Tina (Carmen Maura) is the trans sibling who freely dispenses cocaine to hospital patients. The film also demonizes the Catholic Church and the celibacy of priests. Stylish and full of eccentricities, the film is "in your face" in the way it urges seediness.
This is a film that must be seen if for no other reason then that it helped to usher in the new queer cinema.
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