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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura, Eusebio Poncela, Miguel Molina, Rossy de Palma
  • Directors: Pedro Almodovar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M2T1U4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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I will spare the details.
Pitbulltje
An excellent drama, but be prepared with lots of tissue.
John R. Huetteman
This is one of my favorite foreign movies.
A. Salgado

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film is an immersion into the topsy-turvy world of Pedro Almodovar and post-Franco Madrid, with plenty of explicit and subtle sexual ambiguity. Carmen Maura is first rate as a transexual actress/actor down on his/her luck, and Antonio Banderas is downright delicious as a young man obsessed with Maura's hedonistic and selfish brother (Eusebio Ponseca). There is great music here, and the movie is fun!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John R. Huetteman on August 12, 2007
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Law of Desire [La Ley Del Deseo] is by far the most memorable foreign film I have ever seen. In part, because I was sitting in a bubble (a sterile room with filtered and purified air) with my partner of 4 1/2 years who was undergoing salvage chemotherapy for a high-grade level 5 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I was forced into watching this movie on a television and VCR I had taken to the hospital!

This Spanish movie, which stars among others Antonio Banderas, is truly a tragic love story of the character played by Antonio Banderas' obsession for another man who he loves deeply. The movie has bizarre twists in a love quadrangle that keeps the brow raised on many occasions, and at the end, where Antonio's love is holding him in his arms and sobbing that tear-jerking sob that comes from the soul, my partner called out to me and said "I will always love you, okay?" and had stopped breathing and passed away which is why this movie is truly embedded in me forever.

An excellent drama, but be prepared with lots of tissue.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Salgado on November 24, 2005
Format: DVD
This by far has to be the best almodovar movie. unfourtanely i think it will be a long time before it comes out on dvd. This is one of my favorite foreign movies. It is touching and powerful and antonio banderas actually knew how to act then. If anyone out there works for any studio's and happens to read this please put this on dvd it will sell..............................
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger W. Davenport on August 6, 2006
Format: DVD
The Law of Desire was the first of Almodovar's films to be released in the U.S. although it is not his first film. And what an introduction. The film is sleek and sexy and captures Antonio Banderas in all his sexual beauty. What one has to know about Almodovar is the sense of humor behind the vehicle which is the film. To begin with, the GREAT Carmen Maura has an incredible history: she was a boy, taken away by her father as I recall, had a subsequent sex change to become a woman and is now in a lesbian relationship--so she has essentially come full circle! That is the sly humor of Almodovar; his art also draws you into the pathology of Banderas, with his incredible beauty, until you are finally rooting for him to accomplish his criminal intent. When Almodova wants to be flippant he is the master; when he wants to get a joke across, the delivery is first class; when he wants you to cry, he is incomparable--I defy anyone to sit through All About My Mother with dry eyes. The future genius of Almodovar is up front in this film and his work to date has never disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Moe Tapers on January 7, 2010
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Those familiar with Almodovar's "Bad Education" (2004) will be especially interested in his early treatment (1987) of the same subject. Once again a gay film director becomes sexually involved with a dangerous character played by a reigning stud-muffin---not Gael Garcia Bernal this time but the young Antonio Banderas. And, once again, homosexuality, the Church, modern Madrid, family relationships, transvestism and murder all play a part in the unpredictable plot. The fantasy-flashbacks of "Bad Education" are not present here but there are theater performances that provide their own heightened style. What's more, a number of subsidiary characters (mothers, cops, a doctor) add their quirky input, behaving as if this were THEIR movie and enriching its texture. Additionally, women have a stronger presence than in "Bad Education." Be aware that "Law of Desire" is as sexually explicit as the later film, particularly at the very opening. If memory serves, the English subtitles for the original theatrical release were better (sharper in tone) than those here, But it's great to have it on DVD. (It was previously in an Almodovar collection, but not available by itself.) For those not familiar with "Bad Education," I'd suggest getting both---they make an unbeatable double feature: dark, witty, knowing and obviously the expression of a master film-maker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Plomin on April 28, 2010
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My first exposure to a Pedro Almodovar film way back about 20 years ago. Antonio Banderas is very young and convincing as a man infatuated with a male film director and his desire to have him and any cost, and the final price he pays for it. The supporting cast that Almodovar creates only adds to the highly charged drama. The over the top Latin drama in some other director's hands would seem ludicrous, but Mr. Almodovar's deft hands tempers this with just the right ammount of campiness! Highly recommended, especially for the people who like movies with interesting stories and NO inane car chases, explosions, cute babies, talking dogs and the usual Hollywood dreck!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Salgado on October 9, 2009
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Finally the law of desire a masterpiece in cinema is finally coming on dvd.You do not have to buy the whole pedro almodovar set to get this which is now out of print....I won't write a whole essay on this movie other than to say buy this is one of the best films in his movie career and ive waited yeras for this release in a single dvd purchase.
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