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7.2
/10
2,168 Ratings

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

¡Átame!

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain, 1989
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Just released from residential psychiatry, gentle orphan Ricky pursues his pathological obsession: porn actress Marina. Penniless and without a chance to court her, he kidnaps her from the set of a crippled director Maximo’s last movie. And that’s just the beginning…

Our take

Hot off the major success of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Almodóvar soon switched gears, taking his twist-filled melodramatic style into more dangerous territory for what is arguably the darkest romcom ever made. Not for another two decades would he get this kinky again. Viva Pedro!

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Critics reviews

[Almodóvar’s film reinforces] the dangerous notion that the surest way to a woman’s heart involves absolutely refusing to take no for an answer. What keeps Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! from being irredeemably offensive are Almodóvar’s efforts, however vague and tentative, to undermine his own thesis…
August 20, 2014
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Stockholm Syndrome has rarely been rendered with such sumptuous consideration for the frame, as cinematographer José Luis Alcaine manages degrees of realism and fantasy in equal measure, turning even the confines of Marina’s domestic apartment into a carnivalesque, candy-colored plethora of visual signifiers and connotations.
August 17, 2014
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Pedro Almodovar’s poorly made 1990 follow-up to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown has an offensive premise and a pathetic, almost pleading desire to outrage our sensibilities with it… If someone made an equivalent black comedy about a victim of racism falling in love with his or her oppressor, people would really be outraged, but I guess it’s OK if you’re simply trashing a trashy woman.
May 01, 1990
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