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Film Review: 'La vanite'

The lighter side of euthanasia — if such a thing can be said to exist — is explored with more grace and good humor than might be expected in “La vanite,” an amiably off-kilter new feature from Swiss writer-helmer Lionel Baier. 646 more words

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Locarno — Lionel Baier: 'Families Are the Most Dangerous Social Group on Earth'

Playing next week at Locarno’s Piazza Grande — one sign of a potential crowd-pleaser — “Vanity” (“La Vanité”) is the seventh movie from Lionel Baier, one of Switzerland’s young filmmakers with a fairly high international profile. 1,049 more words



The film that made the director an international cinema icon, WOMEN—in typical Almodóvar style—weaves an array of colorful characters into a single, manic-depressive symphony. Carmen Maura highlights as the heroine Pepa, a TV star heartbroken by her lover Ivan (Fernando Guillén), and desperate to find her bearings. 277 more words

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What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)

Another terrific Almodovar movie ticked off of the watchlist! Carmen Maura’s performance here might be my favourite of her collaborations with Pedro. The neo-realist influences are felt in the open-wound pain of the central characters but there are also some sneaky surreal touches, like a telekenetic girl, which make it strange and otherworldly. 38 more words

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Review: This is a story based around 3 women and how they deal with death and the rich culture that surrounds the town they live in in Spain. 119 more words


Law of Desire (1987)

The weird thing about Almodovar’s movies, also one of the great things about them, is the way they seem to immediately blur together in my memory. 251 more words

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Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980)

The other day I suddenly found myself thinking about Pedro Almodovar. I felt a burning desire to journey into his universe again, and seeing as though I’ve got a good few to tick off, I figured it would be a good time to go back to the beginning and watch his debut. 246 more words

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