Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
DIRECTOR: PEDRO ALMODóVAR
Stockholm syndrome has never been steamier than it in Almodóvar’s sickly sweet torture chamber drama, in which young Antonio Banderas, fresh from the psych hospital, makes Victoria Abril, the soft-core porn star of his dreams, a hostage in her own home, their forced cohabitation gradually developing into a bondage-strapped parody of courtship and domesticity. Funny and fearless in its eschewal of overt moralizing, it’ll have you cringing in your seat one minute, gaping at the audaciously gaudy palette the next, and laughing inappropriately in-between.