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Live Flesh Review


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Witness the increasing promise of Pedro Almodóvar, in a film that has gone largely unnoticed in his career but stands as a worthy and mostly mainstream entry into his unique style of twisted relationship movies. Live Flesh is uncommonly convoluted as a setup -- involving a love triangle between a cop that was shot and paralyzed, the man who shot him, and a girl -- but pretty straightforward in the delivery. Some of the erotic imagery is unforgettable. The film itself is less so, but still a worthwhile experience.

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Not Love Just Frenzy Review


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Apparently there comes a time in an urban twenty-something's life when the mere sight of men dressed up in drag, singing in campy falsettos, is enough to strike up the rebel spirit. If it's that time for you, don't hesitate to drop seven bucks on Not Love Just Frenzy.

Películas Frenéticas, the collective pseudonym for the three directors (Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Bardem and David Menkes) responsible for this picture, bring us a frantic, Chasing Amy-esque tale of seven young hipsters rampaging through Madrid on a coke-charged humping spree. There's Max (Nancho Novo) the possibly homicidal gigolo, Monica (Cayetana Guillen Cuervo) the nymphomaniac bartender-come-actress, Yeye (Ingrid Rubio) the innocent idealist, Maria (Beatriz Santiago) the lonely hepcat, Alberto (Gustavo Salmeron) the artistic and adventuresome homosexual-whose-mother-doesn't-know, Alex (Javier Albala) the ambiguous bisexual who complicates Alberto's life, David (Liberto Rabal) the straight cokehead Alberto lusts after, Luis (Javier Manrique) the cop on Max's six, and three drag queens thrown in for street cred. If this all sounds complex, it isn't.

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Live Flesh Review


Good
Witness the increasing promise of Pedro Almodóvar, in a film that has gone largely unnoticed in his career but stands as a worthy and mostly mainstream entry into his unique style of twisted relationship movies. Live Flesh is uncommonly convoluted as a setup -- involving a love triangle between a cop that was shot and paralyzed, the man who shot him, and a girl -- but pretty straightforward in the delivery. Some of the erotic imagery is unforgettable. The film itself is less so, but still a worthwhile experience.

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