Watched Jul 12, 2012
Silent J’s review:
Before this, I've never seen another Pedro Almodóvar film beforehand. Saying I did'nt know what to expect going into this is an understatement. In fact, I went in completely blind (I suggest you do the same) about what this was even about and I was amazed.
The acting is outstanding, especially from Antonio Banderas who is kinda casted against type. He's best known for his "sexy" Hollywood roles (like in Zorro and Desperado) but here, his character has this sexual obsession that is genuinely terrifying to watch and makes him unpredictable. Banderas does an outstanding job in his creepy and subtle performance. You also have to hail Elena Anaya who is just as incredible. She goes through a transformation in this film that, like the film itself, truly must be seen to believe.
Pedro Almodóvar crafts what could very well be a masterpiece. Many elements within this brain teaser is like a mix of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and David Cronenberg. Every single shot, no matter how disturbing, is beautiful. It's as well directed as it is well written. Themes of obsession and sex are handled very well and the lines between morality and insanity blur within both the characters and storytelling. It's as interesting and thought provoking as it is horrifyingly shocking and disturbing. Every time you think have an idea of where this is going, the film does a curveball does something unthinkable but still keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering how this is going to end.
With this being my first Almodóvar film, it is an experience I won't forget anytime soon and will probably revisit many times in the future. If anyone has any suggestions on what I should watch from him next, please do so. After this, I definitely want to watch more from him but if they're anything like this, I have no idea where to start.