6.2/10
3,512
10 user 22 critic

Labyrinth of Passion (1982)

Laberinto de pasiones (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 September 1982 (Spain)
A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza ... See full summary »

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Pedro Almodóvar (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Dark Habits (1983)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A nightclub singer seeks refuge with gay nuns on dope in a Madrid convent.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Cristina Sánchez Pascual, Will More, Laura Cepeda
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Pepi is raped by the policeman who catches her growing marijuana in her apartment. She seeks revenge by getting his masochist wife to leave him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Carmen Maura, Félix Rotaeta, Alaska
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The vicissitudes of Gloria, a neurotic housewife, and her family's peculiar characters.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Carmen Maura, Gonzalo Suárez, Luis Hostalot
Matador (1986)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A matador is wounded by a bull and can no longer kill in the arena. It just a one flaw besides many others from several characters whom unsuspected collide.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Assumpta Serna, Antonio Banderas, Nacho Martínez
Law of Desire (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A film maker has a fling with a homicidal possessive fan who threatens his true love and sister.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas
High Heels (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A girl's mother returns after 15 years to find her daughter has married one of her (the mother's) old boyfriends. They try to mend their broken mother/daughter relationship and deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Leo writes trashy romance novels under a pseudonym but as she struggles in her relationship with her husband, she finds her output becoming darker.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Marisa Paredes, Juan Echanove, Carme Elias
Kika (1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Kika, a cute cosmetologist, prepares Ramon for funeral when he revives. He proposes to the much older Kika who has his dad as lover. Did Ramon's dad murder his mom? What about the escaped rapist and the PSYCHOlogist video reporter?

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Peter Coyote, Verónica Forqué, Victoria Abril
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles León
Live Flesh (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano
Bad Education (2004)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Roth ... Sexilia / Queti
Imanol Arias ... Riza Niro
Helga Liné ... Toraya
Marta Fernández Muro ... Queti
Fernando Vivanco Fernando Vivanco ... Doctor
Ofelia Angélica ... Susana
Ángel Alcázar Ángel Alcázar ... Eusebio
Concha Grégori ... Angustias
Cristina Sánchez Pascual ... Eusebio's girlfriend
Fabio McNamara ... Fabio (as Fany McNamara)
Antonio Banderas ... Sadec
Luis Ciges ... Drycleaner
Agustín Almodóvar ... Hassan
María Elena Flores ... Remedios
Ana Trigo Ana Trigo ... Nana
Edit

Storyline

A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran), and Queti (the daughter of a dry-cleaner). When Riza Niro discovers that Sadec and his colleagues are after him, he disguises himself as a punk rocker, and falls in love with the stunning Sexilia, his first straight relationship. Meanwhile Queti, Sexilia's "biggest fan", helps Sexilia come to terms with her new life-style. Written by Tristan White <THEWHITE@qmw.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 1982 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Labyrinth of Passion See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alphaville S.A. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Pedro Almodóvar's second full length feature film. See more »

Quotes

Toraya: Mohamed, ya soy fértil!
See more »

Connections

References Emmanuelle (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Suck It to Me
Written by Pedro Almodóvar, Fabio McNamara (as Fabio de Miguel) & Bernardo Bonezzi
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
when Almodovar was a punk
6 December 2011 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

While some of my friends watched (and were delighted by) the latest movie of Almodovar the cinematheque in my village screened his second movie, made almost 30 years ago – 'Labyrinth of Passion'. A couple of months ago I had seen 'Do You Remember Dolly Bell?' (made one year earlier than the film of the Spaniard) the first film of Kusturica, now this one, and beyond the similarities of the game of identifying in early works the spark of genius of the later great movies there is also an abyssal difference between the two. While Kustirica's movie show the restrains of the censorship his work was subjected to in the still-Communist Yugoslavia, Almodovar's film shouts FREEDOM.

Indeed, 'Laberinto de pasiones' is a film that could have been only in 1982 and in Spain. The young director seems to be drunken by the light and colors of a world that just woke up after several decades of dictatorship. His characters live in a Madrid that has become the heaven of all kinds of experiments – in music, in love, in the way people live. There is absolutely nothing that reminds the films of Carlos Saura or Bunuel, the film is made by a young director whose career started with the liberation of Spain, and who celebrates his freedom in making movies and experiments with characters and a social medium on the fringe.

Did I already say that watching this film is fun? Just saying that one of the characters is the son of the Shah of (T)Iran who happens to be gay but then is 'cured' by a nymphomaniac named Sexilia – you already got a feeling of the material Almodovar plays with. He also crosses the line to play a gay punk singer in travesty in one of the several delicacies of the film. Sure, there is a lot of trash around, and not all of it is that original, but then you have Banderas playing a gay terrorist who falls for his target before knowing whom he gets in bed with. All the story is told with a kind of detachment that makes you feel the protective smile of the director when looking at his characters and actors.

No, this film is not a masterpiece, and if I had seen it by or close to the time it was made I am not sure whether I would have liked it, or identified the huge director Almodovar will become starting a few films later. If there is anything close in genre it is rather the low cost comedies that by that time I would have seen in Romania (later the boorekas movies in Israel). There is however in this film enough craziness and bluntness to break away from the crowd, and a hidden tear behind the laughs that I am pretty sure that could not have escaped me completely.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed