Spain, 1995, 103 min, Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, Rated R, Spanish with English subtitles, Sony Pictures Classics
"Pedro Almodóvar returns to the mordant but sympathetic comedy of his early, best work. It is a pleasing return to form." – Caryn James, New York Times
"An intimate, beautifully wrought work, it reflects a new maturity and is one of the director’s best." – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Leo (Marisa Paredes) a middle-aged writer of popular romantic novels, despises her own work so much that she pseudonymously writes a scathing review of herself for a newspaper. At home she is equally miserable. Her husband (Imanol Arias), who works overseas, is distant both physically and emotionally. Her mother (Chus Lampreave) and sister (Rossy de Palma) are a maniacal pair constantly bickering with one another. Yet the appearance of a new editor (Juan Echanove) offers an opportunity for Leo to reassess her life.
Following the success of our recent retrospective of Spain’s revered filmmaker, we were deluged by requests for additional gems from Almodóvar’s middle period - some say his finest - which we’re hastening to oblige. As in our original program, all titles have been painstakingly restored to their original splendor. Launching this limited one-week series will be Dark Habits (Entre tinieblas), the film that introduced the maverick director’s work in the US with its premiere at the first Miami Film Festival in 1984. Enjoy!
Program notes adapted from MoMA’s Almodóvar retrospective.
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