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Pedro Almodovar

  • Julieta [DVD] [2016] Julieta | DVD | (09/01/2017) from £7.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Julieta is a teacher of fifty five. She writes a long letter to her daughter, Antía, trying to explain all the things she has kept secret from her over the last 30 years. When she has finished her confession, she doesn't know where to post the letter. Her daughter abandoned her when she was eighteen and Julieta hasn't heard from her in the past twelve years. She has searched everywhere, but now realises that Antía has become a total stranger to her. JULIETA is about destiny, guilt complex and the unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon those they love, erasing them as if they meant nothing. It is also about the pain that this brutal desertion provokes in the victim.

  • Volver [2006] Volver | DVD | (13/08/2007) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Spanish for "coming back," Volver is a return to the all-female format of All About My Mother. Unlike Pedro Almodóvar's previous two pictures, the story revolves around a group of women in Madrid and his native La Mancha. (The cast received a collective best actress award at Cannes.) Raimunda (a zaftig Penélope Cruz) is the engine powering this heartfelt, yet humorous vehicle. When husband Paco (Antonio de la Torre) is murdered, Raimunda makes like Mildred Pierce to deflect attention away from daughter Paula (Yohana Cobo). After telling everyone the lout has left, she struggles to conceal his body. The other women in her life all have secrets of their own. Her sister, Sole (Lola Dueñas), for instance, has taken in their mother, Irene (a sprightly Carmen Maura). Since Irene perished in a fire, is this person a ghost or simply a woman who looks like her? Then there's their childhood friend, Agustina (Blanca Portillo), who is desperate to find out why her mother disappeared after the blaze. Was she responsible? Almodóvar deftly blends the ghost story with the murder mystery in his tribute to the Italian neo-realist films of the 1950s. The resilient Raimunda is a throwback to the earthy heroines of Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani. The latter appears in Luchino Visconti's Bellissima, which shows up on Sole's television one night (thus confirming the link). If Almodóvar's 16th feature lacks the emotional punch of the more audacious Talk to Her, it's less heavy-handed than Bad Education and Cruz is a revelation. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Broken Embraces [DVD] Broken Embraces | DVD | (01/02/2010) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A man writes and loves in darkness. Fourteen years ago he was in a car crash on the island of Lanzarote. Not only did he lose his sight but he also lost Lena the love of his life. He had two names: Harry Caine a pseudonym with which he signs his literary works and Mateo Blanco his real name with which he signed the film he directed. After the accident the only way he could cope with not being able to make films was to imagine that Mateo died with his beloved Lena. Screened to considerable acclaim at Cannes Broken Embraces solidifies the director's working relationship with Pen''lope Cruz who gives a complex moving performance.

  • The Skin I Live In [DVD] The Skin I Live In | DVD | (26/12/2011) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar comes The Skin I Live In...Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

  • Talk To Her [2002] Talk To Her | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £2.99  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her is his least stylised, most accessible and arguably greatest movie. Covering the same, highly provocative terrain as Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle and The Smiths' "Girlfriend in a Coma", Almodovar forges a work that's funny, compassionate, engaging and deeply touching. Unusually for Almodovar, the emphasis is on the two male characters, with the female leads spending much of the film as "objects" in a vegetative state. Dario Grandinetti plays Marco, a journalist who befriends Lydia (Rosario Flores), a female bullfighter. Following a goring in the ring, she lapses into a coma. At the clinic where she is kept on life support, Marco meets a somewhat effete male nurse, Benigno (Javier Camara) who lovingly tends to a ballet student, Alicia, also chronically comatose. They strike up a friendship, their respective stories emerging through flashbacks. Both, however, respond to their common fate in different ways. Marco is distraught at the loss of Lydia, whereas the dysfunctional Benigno is blissful, tending to Alicia, for whom he nourished an obsession prior to accident. Reduced to being a vegetable, she is fully, unresistingly, his. It's a tribute to Almodovar that he is able to handle the outlandish, potentially appalling subject matter of Talk To Her with such finesse. Emotionally, it's often on a knife edge; there are moments when you don't know whether to laugh, gasp or sigh. But when ultimately you find yourself welling with tears of sympathy for an alleged rapist, you realise what a master filmmaker Almodovar is. On the DVD: Talk To Her offers an excellent transfer of a visually handsome movie. Extras are a little disappointing--just trailers for Almodovar's more outlandish Live Flesh and All About My Mother. --David Stubbs

  • Pedro Almodóvar: The Ultimate Collection [DVD] Pedro Almodóvar: The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (26/12/2011) from £16.00  |  Saving you £33.99 (68.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down Ricky (Antonio Banderas) is released from a mental hospital, and knows exactly what he wants to do with his life, and his new found freedom. He hunts down Marina (Victoria Abril), a porn film star he once had sex with, and tries to convince her to be his wife. She is a bit reluctant, so Ricky ties her up until she falls in love with him...Will this approach endear him to her? This dark comedy from Oscar winning director Pedro Almodovar brings you an alternative love story... with strings attached! Bad Education Academy Award winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar takes a look at his own adolescence as well as confronting the issue of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church in this stylish thriller, which was chosen to open the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. In 1980s Madrid two young men, filmmaker Ignacio (Fele Martinez, Talk To Her) and aspiring actor Enrique (Gael Garcia Bernal, Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mama Tambien) open up dark secrets as they revisit their early years together at a Catholic school. As they try to uncover the truth about themselves, each other and the diverse characters in their story, they realise that things and people are not as they first seem. All About My Mother From acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, a stunning valentine to femininity in all its disguises, motherhood in all its glory and to classic Hollywood melodramas and their diva actresses. A birthday treat turns into heart-rending tragedy for single mother Manuela (Cecilia Roth) when her teenage son is killed in a car accident after a performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' starring his favourite actress Huma Roja (Marisa Paredes). Determined to exorcise her overwhelming guilt, Manuela goes to Barcelona to finally tell his father about the son he never knew he had. There, the reason why she has kept the identity of her forbidden lover a secret for so long is revealed. He is a transvestite named Lola who is dying from an AIDS related illness. However in confronting her own past, Manuela forges a new future with Lola's transsexual best friend Agrado (Antonia San Juan), church social worker Sister Rosa (Penelope Cruz) and Huma, when her play comes to town. But even as the women from different fringes of society form a bond, further heartbreak, misfortune and ultimate joy lies in store for each. Considered by critics worldwide to be the finest movie Almodovar has directed in his entire glittering career, and featuring glorious acting from the cream of Spanish cinema, All About My Mother combines warmth, love, tears and humour as it builds to an unforgettable emotional crescendo. Talk To Her In this ravishing tale of romantic obsession, loneliness and friendship. Director Pedro Almodovar crafts a life affirming story of two tragic woman and the men who love them. After a chance encounter at a theatre, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. Volver Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) and her sister Sol (Lola Duenas) are visited by the apparition of their mother (Carmen Maura), who has returned to reconcile with her daughters and resolve an issue that has haunted the family since her death. Broken Embraces The latest film from Pedro Almodovar, starring Penelope Cruz. It starts in present-day Madrid. Mateo Blanco (Lluis Homar) is a filmmaker who's been blind ever since a car accident on the island of Lanzarote that also claimed the life of his lover Lena (Penelope Cruz). Since the tragedy, he's been known only by his pen name Harry Caine, repressing his former self in order to live life to the full, looked after by his age-old friend Judit (Blanca Portillo) and her son Diego. The Skin I Live In Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

  • Julieta [Blu-ray] [2016] Julieta | Blu Ray | (09/01/2017) from £10.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Julieta is a teacher of fifty five. She writes a long letter to her daughter, Antía, trying to explain all the things she has kept secret from her over the last 30 years. When she has finished her confession, she doesn't know where to post the letter. Her daughter abandoned her when she was eighteen and Julieta hasn't heard from her in the past twelve years. She has searched everywhere, but now realises that Antía has become a total stranger to her. JULIETA is about destiny, guilt complex and the unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon those they love, erasing them as if they meant nothing. It is also about the pain that this brutal desertion provokes in the victim.

  • I'm So Excited! [DVD] I'm So Excited! | DVD | (26/08/2013) from £5.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When it appears as though the end is in sight the pilots flight crew and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger which we carry within ourselves. Directed by the internationally acclaimed Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodovar with cameo appearances from Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. Special Features: Making Of UK Theatrical Trailer UK Theatrical Teaser Trailer Spot 10 Spot 25 Making of VFX Creation of Airplane Crash site

  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! [1990] Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! | DVD | (27/12/2004) from £4.19  |  Saving you £15.80 (79.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A love story with strings attached! Recently released from a mental institution Ricky (Banderas) sets in motion his grand plan. Hunting down the porn star with whom he once had sex Ricky tries to convince her to be his wife. However when she's somewhat reluctant to say the least to take up his offer of marriage he vows to tie her down to endear himself to her...

  • Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £11.48  |  Saving you £6.51 (36.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) pregnant actress Pepa (Carmen Maura) is distraught by a break-up with her actor boyfriend Ivn (Fernando Guilln) and prepares a gazpacho laced with sleeping pills. She is however saved from suicide by her best friend Candela (Mara Barranco) a fugitive from justice. Pepa's ex-lover's grown son (Antonio Banderas) arrives with wife-to-be Marisa (Rossy de Palma) in answer to Carmen's ""room to let"" newspaper ad. Marisa inadvertently ingests the gazpacho and as she blissfully snoozes her fianc inaugurates an affair with Carmen's fugitive friend.

  • Pedro Almodovar Collection [DVD] [2009] Pedro Almodovar Collection | DVD | (03/08/2009) from £9.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Titles Comprise: 1. Volver: After her death a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. Of her family left in the town her ghost slowly becomes a comfort to her daughters as well as her grandchild. 2. Talk To Her (aka: Hable Con Ella): After a chance encounter at a theater two men Benigno and Marco meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma Alicia a young ballet student. 3. Bad Education (aka: La Mala Educacion): Acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's serio-comic examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. 4. All About My Mother: From acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar a stunning valentine to femininity in all its disguises motherhood in all its glory and to classic Hollywood melodramas and their diva actresses.

  • Bad Education [2004] Bad Education | DVD | (27/12/2004) from £5.45  |  Saving you £14.26 (71.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's serio-comic examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

  • Almodovar - Vol. 2 Almodovar - Vol. 2 | DVD | (05/06/2006) from £27.23  |  Saving you £12.76 (31.90%)  |  RRP £39.99

    A collection of inimitably uproarious comedies from Spanish icon Pedro Almodovar! Flower Of My Secret (1995): Leo (Paredes) leads a secret double life as an author of romantic fiction. However despite her success as the best-selling Amanda Gris her husband doesn't love her her best friend is strangely distracted and her mother and sister are too busy bickering to notice that anything's wrong. Abandoned by her muse and seeking solace in the bottle since the collapse of her ma

  • Flower Of My Secret Flower Of My Secret | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £9.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (47.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Leo (Paredes) leads a secret double life as an author of romantic fiction. However despite her success as the best-selling Amanda Gris her husband doesn't love her her best friend is strangely distracted and her mother and sister are too busy bickering to notice that anything's wrong. Abandoned by her muse and seeking solace in the bottle since the collapse of her marriage an unlikely figure steers her on a collision course with a new emotional entanglement!

  • All About My Mother [1999] All About My Mother | DVD | (28/02/2000) from £5.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (72.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After her son is killed in an accident, Manuela (Cecilia Roth) leaves Madrid for her old haunts in Barcelona. She reconnects with an old friend, a pre-op transsexual prostitute named La Agrado (Antonia San Juan), who introduces her to Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a young nun who turns out to be pregnant. Meanwhile, Manuela becomes a personal assistant for Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), an actress currently playing Blanche DuBois in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. All About My Mothertraces the delicate web of friendship and loss that binds these women together. The movie is dedicated to the actresses of the world, so it's not surprising that all the performances are superb. Roth in particular anchors All About My Mother with compassion and generosity. But fans of writer-director Pedro Almodóvar needn't fret--as always, Almodóvar's work undermines conventional notions of sexual identity and embraces all human possibilities with bright colours and melodramatic plotting. However,All About My Mother approaches its twists and turns with a broader emotional scope than most of Almodóvar's work; even the more extravagant aspects of the story are presented quietly, to allow the sadness of life to be as present as the irrepressible vitality of the characters. Almodóvar embraces pettiness, jealousy and grief as much as kindness, courage and outrageousness, and the movie is the richer for it. --Bret Fetzer

  • Almodóvar Collection [Blu-ray] Almodóvar Collection | Blu Ray | (19/09/2016) from £36.89  |  Saving you £13.10 (26.20%)  |  RRP £49.99

    The most celebrated Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel, director, screenwriter, composer and actor Pedro Almodóvar was born in Calzada de Calatrava, La Mancha, in 1951. Aged sixteen, Almodóvar moved to Madrid and purchased his first movie camera and became familiar with what would later drive his formative films: the dramas and miseries of the Spanish middle classes at the beginning of the age of consumerism. The films in this box set include, Dark Habits (1983), What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) Law of Desire (1987) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). As well as sealing the collaborations that Almodóvar had made with the actors he met from his days in an independent theatre group (including Carmen Maura), the films from this period also display his acute visual style and recurring thematic obsessions including sexual violence, female masochism and addiction. It was this epoch that also bought the first of numerous Academy Award® nominations for Women on the Verge. Kika (1993) and The Flower of My Secret (1995) continue the director's fascination with strong female protagonists, transgression, pain and regeneration. This stunning collection is a must-have for all fans of Almodóvar - each film has been beautifully restored - showcasing the work of one of the world's most celebrated filmmaker. EXTRAS: DISC 1 DARK HABITS Around Dark Habits Introduction by José Arroyo DISC 2 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Around What Have I Done to Deserve This? Introduction by José Arroyo Trailer DISC 3 LAW OF DESIRE Around Law of Desire Introduction by José Arroyo Trailer DISC 4 WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN Around Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Introduction by José Arroyo DISC 5 KIKA Around Kika Introduction by José Arroyo Pedro Almodóvar interview Cast and crew interviews The Characters The Music Trailer DISC 6 THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET Around The Flower of My Secret Introduction by José Arroyo Pedro Almodóvar interview Cast and crew interviews Trailer

  • Volver [2006] Volver | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £3.36  |  Saving you £11.31 (56.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After her death a mother (Maura) returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. Of her family left in the town her ghost slowly becomes a comfort to her daughters (Cruz Duenas) as well as her grandchild

  • World Cinema Classics World Cinema Classics | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £39.99

    A five disc box set featuring a quintet of the finest films from around the world. Includes: Jean De Florette (Dir. Claude Berri 1986) French director Claude Berri's stunning adaptation of the acclaimed Marcel Pagnol novel is the winner of numerous international awards and is the world's most popular foreign language film ever. City-dweller Jean de Florette (Gerad Depardieu) moves his family to the Provence countryside in the 1920's to forge a new life as a farmer.

  • Kika Kika | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £8.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Young cosmetic artist Kika (Forque) is called to the mansion of rich American Nicholas (Coyote) in order to make up the corpse of his stepson Ramon. As it turns out Ramon is not actually dead and he begins an affair with Kika. However the path of true love never did run smooth and the pair must survive the threats of Kika's previous affair with Nicholas the mystery surrounding the all-too suspicious death of Ramon's mother and Ramon's former psychologist...

  • Matador Matador | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £10.79  |  Saving you £7.20 (40.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    At his school in Madrid ex-bullfighter Diego Montes teaches his students the Corridor - 'the art of the kill'. Trainee bullfighter Angelo sexually repressed and mother fixated is taunted about his suspected homosexuality by Diego. To prove his masculinity Angel attempts to assault Diego's girlfriend. Failing in his attempt and consumed by guilt he confesses to murders he did not commit - the victims are killed with bullfighting instruments at the moment of sexual climax. Angel is

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