Pedro Almodovar films are melodramatic delights. With his bold and vibrant style, the director explores many themes including death, sexual abuse, loneliness and often focus on LGBT issues and female characters. Here are his five best films.
5)Bad Education (2004)
Gael Garcia Bernal and Fele Martinez star in this excellent drama about the sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Almodovar’s storytelling ability is on full display here with a narrative that feels like a sort of puzzle.
The most commercially successful of his career, Volver is a ensemble drama lead by the extremely talented Penelope Cruz in her third feature film collaboration with the director. The film story follows three generations of women and addressees themes such as loneliness and death.
3)Talk To Her (2002)
It is no wonder why this film won the academy award for best original screenplay. This dramedy centers on two men who form a unexpected friendship as they care for two women in comas. Like Volver, this film addresses the themes of loneliness and death.
2)The Skin I Live In (2011)
An exquisite psychological thriller with a career best performance by Antonio Banderas. The story revolves the balance of power between plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (Banderas) and the woman he is keeping captive (Elena Anaya). The narrative is fantastic, throwing many twists and turns that keep you guessing right up to the final shot. It is also one of Almodovar’s best looking films thanks to the stunning cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.
1)All About My Mother (1999)
Almodovar’s best work, this film follows Manuela (Cecilia Roth) after the death of her son as she attempts to find his father. Roth gives a fantastic performance of a mother in grief. Gorgeously shot by Affonso Beato, this drama deals with complicated issues like AIDS, faith, transsexualism and existentialism.