Movies Directed by Pedro Almodóvar (in alphabetical order)

All About My Mother

All About My Mother

Though I disagree with reports that this is the best foreign film of the year, it is still quite a treat. A warning to sniggering hipsters: this is 100% pure, unironic melodrama. You get your shocking plot twists, your wild coincidences, your emotional outbursts. However, Almodóvar's tastes being what they are, it is a melodrama peopled by the likes of… read more!

Bad Education

Bad Education

I should learn a few publicity tips from Pedro Almodóvar. When a movie of mine comes out, I tend to downplay it, saying "I just hope you like it" and such. Comparatively, Almodóvar raves about Bad Education as "my darkest film since [1986's] Matador." I beg to differ. The director's previous feature Talk to Her is much darker, and on… read more!

Broken Embraces

Broken Embraces

This entertaining Almodóvar melodrama is more in the mold of his High Heels and Volver than in the kinky cross-dressing or S&M movies that made him famous. Broken Embraces begins in 2008, when a blind screenwriter (Lluís Homar) hears the news of the death of a wealthy Spanish financier and reflects back on 1994, when he still had his sight… read more!

Talk to Her

Talk to Her

Though some critic beat me to the punch with the suggestion that a better title for this film would be Girlfriends in a Coma, if you think this is just a stuffy art film about two men sitting by the bedsides of the comatose women they love, nattering on endlessly into their deaf ears, you're either going by the wrong… read more!

Volver

Volver

Charming chamber piece about a family of strong-willed working class women in the windy La Mancha region of Spain, outside of Madrid. While Almodóvar semi-regular Penélope Cruz is the official star, this is really an ensemble piece, with Cruz's character's sister, daughter, dotty aunt, and even dead mother (Almodóvar's onetime muse Carmen Maura) sharing the story with her. Almodóvar has… read more!