Cinema: Lust For Life

Almodovar Finds New Rapture In Obsession

Victor (Liberto Rabal) has a lofty ambition: to become "the best lover in the world." And Clara (Angela Molina) is eager to coach him. The first lesson, she sagely informs him, is that "making love involves two people." He smiles, then asks, "And the second...?" Victor is a quick learner.

People in Pedro Almodovar films, though, never learn quite fast enough to cope with the wild, melodramatic twists the Spanish writer-director hurls their way like grenades. That's one of the lovely things about Almodovar epics like Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!:...

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