Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Criterion

Oct 10, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J Bookmark and Share


It's hard to describe Pedro Almodóvar's 1990-released Spanish romantic-absurdity concisely, nearly as hard as it is to look away from the film. Shot with passion and intensity by José Luis Alcaine, Almodóvar has fun genre-blending while telling the bizarre tale of a young actress (Victoria Abril) who falls in love with the man (Antonio Banderas as a former mental asylum patient) who kidnapped her. It's an odd film that's sprinkled with darkness and flushed with sexuality, but while Abril and Banderas have enough chemistry to make your screen burst in flames, the dynamic that's created between them by Almodóvar rarely allows her any agency. Nonetheless, the auteur certainly has a wicked sense of humor, dabbling in some subversive comedy to polish off one of his most ridiculous works. Its gender politics notwithstanding, it's certainly a sumptuous and devilish piece of work. (www.criterion.com)

Author rating: 6.5/10

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