Law of Desire focuses on a love triangle involving three men: Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela), Antonio (Antonio Banderas) and Juan (Miguel Molina).
Pablo is a homosexual film director who is in love with his long-term lover Juan, a man who will not respond to his affection or the letters that Pablo has written for him to sign. At a premier party, Pablo meets Antonio, who is obsessed with him. At the end of the evening they go home together and have sex, which turns out to be Antonio’s first experience of anal sex. Although Pablo sees it as a one-night stand, Antonio is possessive.
Pablo’s sister Tina (Carmen Maura) is a struggling actress and male to female transsexual who hates men. So much so, that people believe her to be a lesbian. She is the primary carer of her niece Ada, who she loves like a daughter.
The jealous Antonio attempts to rape Juan and throws him off a cliff, killing him. Pablo confronts Antonio about it and then has an accident causing him to lose his memory. Both Pablo and Tina are suspected for the murder of Juan. Tina reveals to Pablo why she is transsexual and tells him she has a new lover. It is too late when Pablo finds out the new lover is Antonio because by then, Antonio has Tina hostage and frees her for some time alone with Pablo before suddenly killing himself.
“Telling the unrequited passion of a fresh-faced, tousled-haired Antonio Banderas for a dazzlingly talented film director, “Law” is Almodovar’s first film to forefront desire.”
— John Hopewell, Variety
Did You Know?
Law of Desire is considered to be Almodovar’s first explicitly gay film. Police inspector (Fernando Guillén) and his assistant (Fernando Guillén Cuervo) are father and son both in movie and in real life. Review our Gay Themed Films Here