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!
Movies Directed by Pedro Almodóvar (in alphabetical order)
I should learn a few publicity tips from Pedro Almodóvar. When I put out a film, 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 love his self-confidence, but his previous feature Talk to Her is much darker, on many more… read more!
This entertaining Almodóvar melodrama is more in the mold of High Heels and Volver than of the kinky cross-dressing or S&M movies that made him famous. Broken Embraces begins in 2008, when a blind screenwriter (Lluís Homar) hears about the death of a wealthy Spanish financier and reflects back on 1994, when he still had his sight and was directing… read more!
Despite its grandiose title, Almodóvar's latest is an intimate and – no matter how much you know about the writer/director's life – obviously personal film. Almodóvar devotees will appreciate it. Others may find it boring. Although Almodóvar himself has been cagy about just how autobiographical this film is, its story is centered on a famous Spanish filmmaker (Antonio Banderas) whose… read more!
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 their comatose lovers, nattering on endlessly into their deaf ears, you're either going by the wrong review or… read more!
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!