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Aug 2-12, 2018 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Spanish, with English subtitles
Plaza Art House
Wednesday, August 9
Philanthropy Theatre
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Tie me up tie me down

Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar’s eighth film helped lead the MPAA to create its NC-17 rating, slightly less damning than an X rating. Originally released in the U.S. without a rating — and to protests by women’s groups — Almodóvar’s, ahem, unconventional love story is about an orphaned, newly released mental patient (an effectively innocent Antonio Banderas) who tracks down a porn-turned-B movie star (an impressively damaged Victoria Abril) with whom he once slept. He kidnaps her, ties her up and vows to marry her and start a family (thus tying them both down). Almodóvar essentially compares love and marriage to Stockholm syndrome — in a good way! The actors play it straight, Almodóvar nails some salient points, and cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine makes it all look luminous.

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Starring: Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Loles Leon
Rated: NC-17