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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Fresh from his incarceration from an asylum in Madrid, Banderas plays a ex-lunatic who leaves in search of the object of his affection, a popular Spanish porn star (played by Victoria Abril).
After meeting, then kidnapping her, Banderas' character is more determined to make her fall in love with him, and does whatever he needs to do in order to win her love. However, Abril, refuses to love a man who has made her a prisoner of her own home. The title, which is a translation of its' original Spanish title, "Atame!," reflects the method Banderas uses to coax and subdue Abril's character in falling in love with him (he ties her up in her bedroom).
While the story seems far-fetched at times, the chemistry that Banderas and Abril emit makes the film work. Supporting actresses Maria Barranco and Rosie de Palma lend their unique comic talents in helping the director weave a tale of love and desire that only Almodovar can tell.
Upon release in the United States, this film was slapped with the newly created and feared NC-17 rating due to his sexual themes and minor violence. Compared to R rated films of the present such as "Basic Instinct" and "The Matrix," this film is tame. Refusing to edit his work, Almodovar criticized the MPAA for its' decision to market the film with an NC-17 rating. Due to this rating, the film did not do too well at the box office as expected.
This film marks Banderas' final film in Spain, before departing to the United States to start his successful career in Hollywood.Read more ›
Ricky (Banderas), recently released psychiatric patient, kidnaps Marina (abril) and is convinced that he can get her to fall in love with him. Banderas and Abril champion their roles, as the psycho who just needs love and the hooker with a big heart, which fits perfectly with Almodovars directorial style. Some viewers will consider this "over the top" while others, familiar with Almodovars work, will find it very entertaining, quite funny and a must see! The film is loaded with frantic, frenzied bondage scenes as well as finely exploiting the sexual tension between the leading actors. Sometimes wonderfully erotic and sometimes cartoonishly comic this film is a fun avant-garde romp. Oh yes and did I say Abril is a beautiful women - you can't keep your eyes off her. Oh and make sure you get the "unrated" version. You don't want to miss the controversial "bathtub scene" involving Abril and that naughty toy submarine ! Yep, that's right! ... Enjoy !
1. Love = bondage, both men and women need to feel that they "have no choice" in being with and loving the other person.
2. Love = addiction/drug, if you don't have one you will inevitably substitute the other for it.
3. Love = inescapably absurd, and absurdly inescapable.
This could've easily turned into an over-the-top or overly bitter and cynical farce. Instead, in keeping with Almodovar's unique genius, he chooses an ending that is both hilariously absurd and irresistibly light and heartwarming at the same time. A sort of *romantic* black humor, if you will.
Victoria Abril and Antonio Banderas both put in world-class performances, backed by a strong cast peppered with some longtime Almodovar reliables. Too bad Banderas has sold his soul to Hollywood in the last few years, he did his best work in small European films like this.
Like all truly good films, this one only gets better with repeated viewings.
We are not shocked because TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN is a movie about innocence. Antonio Banderas can steal cars, buy drugs and even kidnap Victoria, we forgive him because he does it not for his own sake but only to please Victoria Abril he's madly in love with. And the drug addicted and ... star Victoria does finally have a golden heart and will cry when Antonio will come back with blood all over his face after a fight with Rossy de Palma's gang.
Victoria's sister, the assistant producer of Francisco Rabal, has the difficult task to impersonate reason and reality in this fairy tale for adults I've liked a lot. Too bad there is only a trailer as bonus feature with this Anchor Bay DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny. It's great to see Antonio Banderas do slapstick style comedy. Spanish with subtitles.Published 4 months ago by Candace A McKee
good little movie with a young Antonio Banderos well worth a lookPublished 8 months ago by Judy Little
Loved the part of the movie we could view. BUT, Amazon streaming video was so bad, we restarted the movie 15 times in order to see the first 1/2 hour of the movie. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dorothy Pearson
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