Barbara H. (heybarbara)
Barbara's Favorite Movies
I never get tired of seeing this film, and even though I haven't seen if for a while, it remains burnt into my memory like no other. It easily remains Voight's finest hour and Hoffman never got into character as deep as this one. If you've ever gone to the city from a small town and been amazed at how much there is to take in and understand and be confused by, then you will relate to this film. Themes of starting a better life, running away from your past, putting all your dreams into one plan, hoping that a change of scene means a change of mind, the need for human contact no matter how hard you think you can do without it, the basic need to communicate with people. Of course if you have no heart or are as emotional as a dry mushroom, you will remain untouched, but maybe you will be able to appreciate it on a more cinematic level. Like everything to do with any kind of "art", if there is no emotional content and communication and telling of people's lives, no feeling, no real people, then I have no interest in it (e.g. the Coens' time pieces). That's why I love this film. Whoever you relate to - Voight ? Hoffman ? The old man who longs for company ? - if you have a beating heart, this will get you. By the way, doesn't the theme tune leave a lump in your throat?
Funny, outrageous, ridiculous, colorful and fascinating film by Almodovar. The story defies description but, basically, it's about three women (an actress, a psychopath and one on the run from the law) who are all affected by one man. The story starts slow, picks up speed and is barreling out of control by the end. Well-acted, beautiful to look at and never a dull moment. Impressive.