A deliciously nuts thriller from Pedro Almodóvar starring Antonio Banderas as Robert Ledgard – a comfortably wealthy plastic surgeon pushing the research envelope from his country mansion in Toledo. There’s a mysterious woman in his house locked in a bedroom played by the gorgeous Elena Anaya, but what’s she doing there? What’s the backstory here? To say any more about the plot would spoil the way it unfolds in the film, with flashbacks, jumping timelines and considered revelations of information.
Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas have created an incredibly confident and visually competent film which is very reminiscent of the style of the great Alfred Hitchock and Carey Grant thriller ‘North By Northwest’. It’s subtle when it needs to be and psychologically testing and if you were to summarise the plot in a sentence it would sound ridiculous and grotesque but it’s so well presented that it has you wanting to talk about it with everyone.
There are a few laughs along the way, but when all starts to become clear and the backstory is brought up to date you have to stop and appreciate what is actually going on on screen and admire how the director engineered the expositions and pacing.
One thing disappointed me though – it ended one sentence too late, fading to black in a clumsy way. It should have cut straight to black one sentence earlier in my opinion!
Go and see it!
4 on 5
Directed by : Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Roberto Alamo, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Blanca Suárez
UK Release: 26th August 2011