DVD review: High Heels (18), Pedro Almodovar, 109 mins

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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.