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Labyrinth of Passion (1982)



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This early offering from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is a screwball sex tale of mistaken identity focusing on the director's usual collection of oddball characters, primarily a female punk rocker, an incestuous ob-gyn and a noblewoman desperate to be artificially inseminated with a sperm sample from the Iranian imperial family.

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Cecilia Roth
as Sexilia
Imanol Arias
as Rizo Niro
Luis Ciges
as Her Father
Concha Grégori
as Angustias
Eva Siva
as Azafata
Lupe Barrado
as Room maid
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Critic Reviews for Labyrinth of Passion

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

Almodovar sends up Freudian seriousness in regard to sex hilariously and even appears (in drag) in front of the camera singing a couple of raunchy songs.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

A glamorous clash of frocks and jocks (and jocks in frocks) in a Madrid peopled by drug-takers, pop stars, wannabes, terrorists and sex maniacs.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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[Labyrinth of Passion]...shows off the bright, gaudy visual style, the breezy manner and the exuberant energy that are Mr. Almodovar's particular virtues.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

An early and rather choice effort from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.

January 1, 2000

Though coarser and cheaper than Almodovar's later efforts, this comic orgy is prototypically Pedrovian.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Almodovar (who has a cameo as a leather-jacketed transvestite rock singer) has already learned (somewhat) how to pull off such a difficult act, by treating the potentially offensive with such cartoonish abandon that it becomes ridiculous to take offense.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Labyrinth of Passion

Pedro Almodovar began to find his style with his second feature "Labyrinth of Passion." His direction is a bit shaky, and he hasn't quite figured out yet how to pace and edit a large-cast, multi-subplot film. The many characters aren't easy to keep straight (pun intended), but their interwoven adventures manage to loosely coalesce by the end. There's something to offend everyone here: casual incest, flamboyant homosexuality, transsexuality, drugs, nymphomania, artificial insemination and possibly the most disgusting poop joke ever (but surprisingly, not too much nudity). Most of the action centers around a visiting Middle Eastern prince who is exploring Madrid's debauched club scene incognito. He sings in a band. He beds people of both sexes. He avoids terrorists (including Antonio Banderas, so young he's almost unrecognizable, playing a lad with an impossible ability to track like a bloodhound). Oh, and there's also a sexy pop star who can't figure out why she's afraid of the sun. Naturally. Almodovar himself has a fun cameo as an effeminate singer.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


early Almodovar tale of a gay terrorist, a nymphomaniac, and a Prince.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

Early and great Almodovar! We start to see what become recurring themes in his later films - homosexuality, prostitutes and cross dressers..all representing deep held emotions and feelings that are experienced by us all.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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