Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

1990, Not rated, 101 min. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Starring Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Francisco Rabal, Loles Leon, Julieta Serrano and Maria Barranco.

One of my stances – there are many – is that there should be no boring movies, ever. You can say a lot about Pedro Almodóvar’s controversial romance, which features Antonio Banderas as a lovesick kidnapper freshly released from his inpatient psychiatric stay and Victoria Abril as his film star object of affection, but you can never say it’s boring. Bold colors, a thought-provoking gender dynamic, and a BDSM miasma fogging up the lens: As his follow-up to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Almodóvar chose a real queer-ass straight movie to make. Catch this Queer Film Theory 101 screening for June, or forever wonder what might have been. – James Scott
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