Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 30, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Live Flesh

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Javier Bardem, Liberto Rabal, Angela Molina, Francesca Neri
director
Pedro Almodovar
author
Pedro Almodovar
genre
Foreign Language, Drama, Romance

We gave it a B+

Pedro Almodovar goes straighter, and deeper, than we’ve ever seen him. In his deft adaptation of a Ruth Rendell novel, Live Flesh is about a young man (Liberto Rabal) recently released from prison who gets embroiled with two cops (who wrongly put him in jail) and their wives, the director describes the invigorating and sometimes disorienting effects of Spanish democracy after long years of repression under the Franco regime. Of course, since this is Almodóvar, the costumes and interior decoration are fabulous too. B+

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