Law of Desire
Law of Desire (1987)

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… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: February 7, 1987
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

This wild man has a true talent.

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Emanuel Levy

This intriguing erotic melodrama is one of Almodovar's few explicitly gay films.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Almodóvar's affection for his characters ... makes his engagingly loopy narrative more than a simple Telemundo-on-acid joke.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

What it lacks in depth, 'Law of Desire' makes up in surface energy, with a lively cast, a turbulent plot and a textbook-worthy collection of case histories.

Don Willmott

a pivotal and unmissable piece of the Almodóvar puzzle, a romp that is Pedro at his young and kinky best.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A bold, daring work that is as shocking and impressive today as it was nearly 20 years ago when it was first released.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The film bristles with energy and bright interludes before the lugubrious plot takes over...

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

provocative psychological study about the potential devastating cost of wanton love

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

[A] great film from Spanish director Pedro Almódovar's early career...

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Tony Gandía
Sexy, twisted, dark - "Law of Desire" is uneven but never boring.
Elvira B
What I loved about La Ley del Deseo is that it's like a soap opera, only that it's made by and about lunatics. Almodóvar likes to blur the line… More
Conner Rainwater
Very interesting and certainly one of the most original ways to tell a story of overly-passionate love, but this lacks the vision of Pedro Almodovar's… More
Lady D'arbanville
A love triangle evolves into obsession and murder, in this fairly early Almodovar picture. Like many of PD?s films, there are subtle hints of sub-stories which… More
Randy Tippy
Creatively constructed 'fatal attraction' but with better direction and far too much homoerotic passion. Please Pedro, I beg you, less naked Antonio… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
It's not that bad, but it's the worst Almodovar flick I've seen... It's shot in a weird way, and sometimes the script gets too silly.… More