Law of Desire (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Law of Desire (1987)



Critic Consensus: Law of Desire is kinky fun that's as explosively bright and provocative as ever.

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Popular film director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela) has found a new love in the form of handsome blue-collar Juan (Miguel Molina). Not altogether comfortable with his lifestyle, Juan decides to leave Pablo for a while to contemplate his future. Pablo insists that Juan keep in touch by sending him love letters. Ever the director, he plans to write the letters himself, and have Juan mail them back with his signature. If you think that settles things, you don't know filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. Among the many plot complications in Law of Desire is Pablo's subsequent romance with the possessive Antonio (Antonio Banderas, whose "gay kiss" in the film prompted front-page headlines in the Brazilian press), and Pablo's efforts to film the life story of his sister (Carmen Maura), who started out life as his brother. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Eusebio Poncela
as Pablo Quintero
Antonio Banderas
as Antonio Benitez
Carmen Maura
as Tina Quintero
Miguel Molina
as Juan Bermudez
Manuela Velasco
as Ada, Child
Nacho Martinez
as Dr. Martin
Bibiana Fernandez
as Ada, Mother
Helga Liné
as Antonio's Mother
Fernando Guillen-Cuervo
as Policeman, Child
Fernando Guillén Cuervo
as Policeman, Child
Maruchi Leon
as Maruchi
Marta Fernández Muro
as Groupie/Sergeant
Roxy Von Donna
as Woman on Telephone
Jose Manuel Bello
as Young Guard
Angie Gray
as Girl on Terrace
Jose A. Granja
as Impossible Model
Hector Saurit
as Reporter
Rossy de Palma
as TV Reporter
Pedro Almodóvar
as Dependiente
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Critic Reviews for Law of Desire

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

This wild man has a true talent.

January 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Almodóvar's affection for his characters ... makes his engagingly loopy narrative more than a simple Telemundo-on-acid joke.

May 4, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

What it lacks in depth, 'Law of Desire' makes up in surface energy, with a lively cast, a turbulent plot and a textbook-worthy collection of case histories.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

[A] great film from Spanish director Pedro Almódovar's early career...

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

The film bristles with energy and bright interludes before the lugubrious plot takes over...

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This intriguing erotic melodrama is one of Almodovar's few explicitly gay films.

January 1, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Law of Desire


Sexy, twisted, dark - "Law of Desire" is uneven but never boring.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

Very interesting and certainly one of the most original ways to tell a story of overly-passionate love, but this lacks the vision of Pedro Almodovar's later work. Most of the acting is fine, Antonio Banderas is clearly the standout star and gives the most effective performance. Where the story really excels is in the bold and innovative choices. However, this is by no stretch a mediocre movie, it's just not the extravagant Almodovar that I love.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Creatively constructed 'fatal attraction' but with better direction and far too much homoerotic passion. Please Pedro, I beg you, less naked Antonio Banderas and more naked Carmen Maura!

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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