DVD review: High Heels (18), Pedro Almodovar, 109 mins
Friday 31 July 2009
This melodrama from Pedro Almodóvar, originally released in 1991, may not be the best introduction to the director's work, but it is a touching tale of family, love and murder.
It centres on the relationship between ageing singer Becky del Páramo (Marisa Paredes) and her grown-up daughter Rebeca (Victoria Abril), who are reunited after many years apart. Rebeca has married one of her mother's ex-lovers, Manuel (Féodor Atkine), but that is just one of the sources of tension between the two. When Manuel is found murdered, suspicion falls on the two women. High Heels has a pervading sense of sadness about it; though there are moments of black comedy.
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