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18.00 eten bij Robin Food
20.30 film
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
101 minutes
In Spanish with English subtitles

This is one of the great Pedro Almodóvar classics. It is from the Spanish director's 'middle period,' which means it isn't as dramatic as many of his later films - this one has a lighter, but also wilder, out-of-control tone. As usual, his cast is a real powerhouse, and the chemistry between the two leads - Victoria Abril and a young Antonio Banderas - is absolutely electric. Átame is a black comedy about a guy who was an orphan and lived in poverty, and ends up into a mental institution. He is obsessed by a B-movie actress he had sex with just once, years before. When he's set free, he hunts her down with the aim to make her his wife and father her children. That's all I will say, but in true Almodóvar style what unfolds is absolutely twisted and mad. One of the things this director does best is to reveal the madness in everyday people.

Almodóvar has never shied away from controversy, and that's also true of this crazy and elegant flick. Pedro is always thinking outside of the box, and when he depicts sex scenes, they can be pretty over the top. So in puritan America this movie was a shock and was originally given a X rating ( the category for porn films). But the director went to court and fought that decision because he thought it was crazy for it to remain unseen by the general public - so in the end an entirely new rating category was created because of this film. Átame has Almodóvar's trademark hyper-realism that borders on surrealism... with brightly-lit, candy-colored set designs. However, when it came to pick out the bed sheets - and trust me, you'll be seeing plenty of them in this flick - Almodóvar turned to a designer called Sybilla, who was renowned for her subdued, earthy colours. This massive panoply of hues is then drenched in a wonderfully serene music score by Ennio Morricone. One critic pointed out that in a way it is a modern-day updating of Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast. Insightful, kinky, irreverent and sizzling with a wicked sensuality.

This will be a high-definition screening.

CINEMANITA @ De Nieuwe Anita
Frederik Hendrikstraat 111 (Hugo de Grootplein)
Tickets go on sale at 19:00
Film starts at 20:30
Membership: 3-