Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

1990

Comedy / Crime

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IMDb Rating 7.0

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Peter Mathews (Vernaye) 7

I'm amazed that people don't get the irony underlying this film. If you've seen other, earlier Almodovar films, you'll know that he explores sexual situations that come emanate from all sorts of crazy situations (think of Law of Desire (1987), for example, in which Banderas plays a man exploring his homosexuality). But what makes this film so great is that, unlike Almodovar's other films, it attempts to explore the nature of the "conventional," heterosexual matrix which, through Almodovar's eyes, becomes completely nonsensical. Indeed, the relationship between Marina and Ricky is meant, ultimately, to be a parody of how such relationships work, as if heterosexuality (and its consequence, marriage) are almost inevitably equivalent in character to the infamous Stockholm syndrome. The final twist of the film, mistakenly hated for its apparently patriarchal overtones, is in fact a humorous subversion of conventional sexual politics. `You're crazy! Love a man who kidnaps you and ties you up? Is that normal?' exclaims Marina's sister. Well, actually, yes, according to Almodovar, it's completely normal. When viewed with irony (most viewers seem to have a bad case of literal disease when it comes to this film), this movie is a devastating critique of modern heterosexuality. Note that the trio sing the Spanish version of "I will survive" at the very end, when everything has supposedly worked out, in Candide fashion, for the best...

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Reviewed by aymanrizk 9

I just loved every aspect of this movie... The acting by both Victoria Abril and Antonio Banderas is superb. Even the sister delivers a very convincing performance. The director, Pedro Almodóvar, is the same one who brought us masterpieces like &quot;Talk to her&quot; and &quot;All about my mother&quot;. Although you wouldn&#39;t figure it out from the plot lines of the three movies, &quot;Tie me up, Tie me down&quot; is much lighter and less involved than the other two.<br/><br/>The pace (as with all Almodóvar&#39;s movies) is just the right one, not too fast or slow. I did not like the character of the director in the movie and did not like his acting that much... Probably the only weak couple of scenes are those depicting his infatuation with Marina.<br/><br/>The ending may seem predictable and lame, but I liked it?. It is one of those feel good endings.<br/><br/>Although there is a hot sexy scene in this movie, I question the NC-17 US rating for that scene. I saw so many R-rated movies that were much more explicit... My point is; if you get this movie thinking it was one of those European soft porn flicks, you will be disappointed.<br/><br/>My vote: 9/10.

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Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 7

Marina Osorio (Victoria Abril) is a soft-porno star kidnapped in her own apartment by Ricky (Antonio Banderas), a guy who has just left a mental institution. He wants to get married with her. The storyline in this weird love story recalls `The Collector&#39;, i.e., a man kidnaps a woman because he is in love with her. But on the contrary of the William Wyler&#39;s drama in a cold and isolate farm in an English countryside, the situations in Almodóvar&#39;s colorful movie in the center of Madrid are very erotic and funny. For example, the scene when Marina is having a bath in her bathtub is hilarious. This cult movie is certainly not one of the best in Almodóvar′s filmography, but it is mandatory for those who are his fan. My vote is seven.

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