A typically sprawling piece from Almodovar that revolves around a make-up artist, Kika who falls in love with a famous writer's step-son. The film then concentrates on the things that stand between their happiness, such as Kika's affair with the writer and the death of her new lover's mother.
With Almodovar's early work, it was all about extravagance with his later work such as Talk to Her and Bad Education aiming more for the intellectuals. It's a surprise, then that this film lacks both the flamboyancy of his earlier work and the depth of his latter, landing somewhere unsatisfactorily in the middle.
Reviewed by Phillipa Bloom
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