Laberinto de pasiones (Labyrinth of Passion). 1982. Spain. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. With Cecilia Roth, Imanol Arias, Helga Liné, Marta Fernández-Muro. DCP. In Spanish; English subtitles . 100 min.
A colorful cast of characters lights up this hilarious tale overflowing with cheesy dramatic irony. Cornily named nymphomaniac Sexilia falls for Riza, the gay son of the Emperor of Tiran (a fictional Middle Eastern state). Sexilia’s psychoanalyst, Susana, has the hots for Sexilia’s father, who unfortunately is a sex-averse gynecologist. Among his patients is Princess Toraya, ex-wife of the Emperor of Tiran, who is dead set on being impregnated by her stepson Riza. A chain of twisted relationships makes this outlandish film, Almodóvar’s second feature, a continuation of his cathartic release following the oppressive reign of Franco.