Monday, 10 May 2010

Pedro goes dark

As you are all aware, Pedro Almodovar is once again teaming up with Antonio Banderas, twenty years on from their last collaboration,'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!', which followed 'Labyrinth of Passion', 'Matador', 'Law of Desire', and 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'.

The new film is called 'La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In)'and it is a lot darker than previous outings for the director.
The story follows a surgeon whose daughter was viciously raped, and the trauma has sent her to a mental institution. He decides to take revenge on the man who did it. It is apparently the harshest screenplay he has written and it is taken by the French novel 'Mygale' by Thierry Jonquet.

This is not something we would come to expect from the great Pedro, but sometimes going outside of your comfort zone will have miraculous results. Also it is nice to see Banderas back in a lead role. Like Cruz, Almodovar made him, and work he has done since these collaborations have not had nearly the same magic. Perhaps this too will be a revival. Lord knows he is still hot enough to be gracing the screen and causing loin quivers across the board.

I kind of always wonder what would have happened had he ended up with Madonna. I have always thought Melanie Griffith never made sense - although a 14 year marriage for Hollywood is amazing.

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