Bizarre, twisted, liberating, revelatory, cathartic, thought-provoking, downright outrageous, colourful, emancipatory – you can easily choose any or all of these adjectives to describe Pedro Almodovar movies. Notwithstanding, there is one thing that doesn’t characterize his films – run-of-the-mill boorishness. Undoubtedly the most influential contemporary Spanish filmmaker, Almodóvar has devised a new definition of cinematic brilliance. Mostly postmodernist in approach and known for portraying recurrent motifs, his movies deal with a wide array of subjects including but not limited to homosexuality, religion, violence, contemporary society, politics, family, identity and the likes.
Having drawn international acclaim for the film ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ (1988), a dark comedy that broke multiple cinematic barriers, Almodóvar never had to look back from thereon. You can love him or you can hate him but you possibly can’t ignore him. While my list of best movies from his stables might be entirely different from someone else’s, my selection has been primarily made on the basis of cinematic impact that each of his movies has had over a period of time. Without further ado, here is the list of top Pedro Almodóvar movies.
7. Bad Education (2004)
A unique drama focusing on the quintessential themes of friendship and homosexuality, ‘Bad Education’ is an intriguing tale that explores the multiple facets of human character. The movie deals with the highly controversial issue of sexual abuses by Catholic priests and features rather strong venereal undertones. The globally renowned film critic Roger Ebert aptly wrote about the movie “It was quicksand, and I was sinking fast”.
6. Law of Desire (1987)
Considered to be the first of its kind, ‘Law of Desire’ is a shadowy take on homosexuality, violence and fidelity. The movie revolves around dark lusts, trans-sexuality and carnal misadventures. Simultaneously focusing on the lives of three men and one transsexual woman, the film could very well be described as a journey through the dark alleys of the human mind.