TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!
ATAME!
1989, Janus Films, 102 min, Spain, Dir: Pedro Almodóvar

Paroled mental patient Antonio Banderas kidnaps former porn star-turned-junkie Victoria Abril to save her from herself, in Almodóvar’s violently sexy take on male-female relations – and his most controversial film in the U.S., where it earned a hotly contested X-rating. “In a country like Spain I don’t have to explain that TIE ME UP! is a love story, or defend myself against accusations that it could turn you into a psychopath!” – Almodóvar.


FRENCH TWIST
GAZON MAUDIT
1995, Pathe International, 104 min, France, Dir: Josiane Balasko

Laurent (Alain Chabat) is too consumed with extramarital affairs to see how neglected his wife (Victoria Abril) feels. That changes when an RV breaks down in front of their house, and lesbian DJ Marijo (Balasko) enters their lives. This fresh and frothy relationship comedy earned a César Award for Best Screenplay and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. In French and Spanish with English subtitles.


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