The pre-story - prologue - begins in Franco's Spain. It takes place in January 1970, when the dictatorship further deprived the citizens of their rights, before the film moves forward to the present day (in the movie at least) of 1996 and 1997. It is a very special film with unusual rhymes. It is apparently simple, but behind its simplicity lie reflections on the order of the dictatorship and the clutter of freedom, as well as thoughts of sin, punishment and penitence not easily expressed. Of innocence. The foolishness of the flesh and the spirit. And all around us an increasingly frantic world swarms with intriguing advertisements, with the great choices in life directed by a remote control. It is an important film in Almodóvar's artistic career, though many argued it stood apart from the rest. There is some truth to that perspective, as the film features much of the empathy and sensitivity that then became the norm in his later works. The pains of birth and rebirth, the past and future Christmas stars.
The screening takes place in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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