When porn director Pablo reluctantly breaks up with his boyfriend, Juan, he encourages him to stay in touch. Juan moves away to live in a lighthouse and eventually writes his ex, but in the interim Pablo has taken up a psychotic new lover, Antonio (Antonio Banderas). Antonio intercepts their correspondence and flies into a towering rage, terrifying Pablo but inspiring him creatively as he works on a play about his transsexual sister.
Writer/director Pedro Almodovar’s serious melodrama was censored in the US for its explicit scenes of gay sex and its complexity of characters.
It told about a love triangle, which concluded with tragic consequences, between three unusual male characters (all gay and trans-gendered):
Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela), a gay, cocaine-snorting, sexually-promiscuous Madrid film and theatre director
Juan Bermúdez (Miguel Molina), Pablo’s long-time lover, although fearful of commitment
Antonio Benítez (Antonio Banderas), a novice and unstable homosexual, both possessive and obsessed, who experienced anal sex for the first time with Pablo
There was also a fourth involved character named Tina (Carmen Maura), Pablo’s sister and a male-to-female trans-sexual who was incestuously involved with her father and subsequently hated men. She was strongly rumored to be a lesbian, but she eventually took a lover – Antonio.
The film included masturbation, gay sex, and anal sex – all presented realistically, and a scene in which Tina reveled in her femininity while being hosed down and soaked to the skin by a cleaning man on a hot Madrid street.
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
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