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Kika [VHS]

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  • Actors: Peter Coyote, Verónica Forqué, Victoria Abril, Àlex Casanovas, Rossy de Palma
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar
  • Format: Color, Dolby, EP, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: August 27, 1996
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304178883
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Pedro Almodovar's tale of Kika Veronica Forque), a make-up artist who runs afoul of a host of a tabloid reality show (Victoria Abril), a maid who is in love with her and the maid's ex-porno star brother who has escaped from jail, and the step-father (Peter Coyote) of her lover who also is interested in her. Described as a sexy farce it has some moments of danger and violence.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norvell on October 7, 2002
Format: DVD
This is my personal favorite of Almodovar's films. Those unfamiliar with Almodovar's work should take heed...this is a totally off-the-wall adult film. He is famous for pushing the boundaries of taste and outrageousness to the extreme and beyond. However, his movies entertain nonetheless. "Kika" is a cosmotologist on a quest for love and happiness. The film chronicles her (mis)adventures and encounters with all sorts of people who either don't understand her or seek to use her. She ,like Lulu in "Pandora's Box", is a free spirit adrift in a sea of miscreants. Almodovar deftly blends slapstick and drama together with his trademark color motifs, bizarre costumes (by Gaultier), over-the-top dialogue and stock cast members to enliven a fairy tale that, to me, stands unique among his other films. Of course, without Veronica Forque as Kika there would be no film. She is a total delight from start to finish and carries a difficult film soley on her bravura performance and irrepressable personality. And don't miss Victoria Abril as a reporter with an unusual way of getting the scoop on film! There is much to relish here and "Kika" can be watched again and again and still remain fresh and entertaining. A must for Almodovar fans.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Varonelo on October 20, 2004
Format: DVD
I've learned to accept Almodovar as he has (ahem) matured & gotten serious. He is my favorite director so I support all his progressions. However! I'm deeply & irrevocably in love with the movie Kika, its colors, its actors, its characters, its music, its dialogue, its spell. Having watched it as much as I have, I've analyzed scenes & themes that otherwise would have escaped a one time viewing only. For example, notice how Ramon kneels in front of three women, for different purposes. First the model in the opening credits as he photographs her in bed. Next, he kneels in front of his dead mother as he opens her blouse to reveal her wound. Finally, in front of Kika as he makes love to her. The posters throughout the film hint at the action to take place in the future scenes. The dialogue is hilarious beyond belief & is not all translated or not translated acurately in the subtitles. If you are an Almodovar fan, you owe it to yourself to study Spanish & brush up on Castillian regionalisms to get the fully, mordant sinuousness of the dialogue. Kika is a black comedy & must be enjoyed as such, otherwise one would not laugh at the bizarre costumes, the multiple deaths, the rape as much-needed outlet for the retarded ex-porn star, the fickleness of love, the unfaitfulness throughout. Finally, I suspect that public taste or America's increasing discomfort with black comedy when its applied to rape, is delaying or preventing the rerelease of Kika on dvd. Its available in Brazil, but, of course not with English subtitles.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ana hare on September 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Kika, surely a girl who just wants to have fun, a make up artist with little fluffy clouds for brains. She attempts to pursaude her class of student make up girls to attend to the corpse of a client's mother.
None will take the job, and the film drifts off into a tale of what happened to her when she took on the same type of task in the past. All in all not a lot to recommend it for Kika from the ensuing yarn, but a great and very dark comedy for us, which slaps you around the face like a wet fish. You'll roar with laughter at a rape scene (excuse me?)! You'll crease up at the death scenes. If hetro, you'll probably find the big blonde woman very sexy (she's a man by the way, the directors boyfriend).
Even the director's mum gets a part, and merrily announces that she's in the film because otherwise she'd never see her son (Pedro Almodovar). On the surface this film would seem to be about as unpolitically correct as any you're likely to watch, and one of its great functions is to disturb and upset the very people who should applaud it. For indeed it is a fierce commentary on the state of the media, journalism and macho sexism. Women seem to get the joke, new men cringe and look away. Buy and enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
Format: DVD
This is not the best film by Almodovar. But it is yet a true one,and as nearly all others the subject is about human destiny. How human beings can act or react to the gifts of destiny .All the baroque aspects of his first period enchant obviously, but the violence is not yet mastered, quieted and in fact made powerful as it is the case for CARNE TREMULA or his last extraordinary one: ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (I ignore the spanish title and propose here an english translation of the french title).To be seen in spanish version in a good movie theater before buying the DVD on Amazon.com. OLGA
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on May 17, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is not the easiest film to understand. I think it makes sense if you see it as a transition film for Almodovar. In his earlier films he was so visually audacious that his content seemed secondary to his style, and even though his men and women had very dark desires Almodovars absurdist sensibility kept his films in the comic category. In Kika I think he is leaving behind that comic sensibility and digging deeper beneath that visual audacity and presenting his characters as people not just with absurd desires but with real lives and experiences which are not so easily overcome. perhaps the best character in Kika is Victoria Abril(with dark hair) who plays a tabloid journalist always on the prowl for the next big sex scandal breaking on the horizon. She is both literally and figuratively scarred from a failed love and seems to have gone over the edge. The only way she can get turned on now is by relishing in others tragedies. So of course she is attracted to the dark American writer(Coyote)who seems to leave a trail of dead bodies in his wake. The title character Kika (Veronica Forque) is a make-up artist who meets Coyote becomes his lover first and then his sons lover but she never leaves Coyote. She is not really the central character in this film so its odd that the film is titled Kika. but then the whole film is a little uncertain as to just what direction it should take. Almodovars seems to be experincing some creative indirection and it shows.Read more ›
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