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The action starts in 1970, with a messy childbirth on a bus; twenty years later, the boy born that night, who has grown into an aimless youth called Víctor (Liberto Rabal), lands himself in trouble over a junkie (Francesca Neri) and is accused of shooting a cop; later still, we find the junkie reformed and married to the cop (Javier Bardem), who is now in a wheelchair, and Víctor coming out of prison to settle old scores. And so the farce spins on-played, as usual, with impassioned gravity, yet somehow bereft of the high spirits that used to grace the director's films. A sort of vivid despair seems to have settled over his characters, and the happy ending feels like wishful thinking. With Angela Molina and Penélope Cruz. In Spanish. -Anthony Lane Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

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UK334 Live Flesh DVD (1997/Pedro Almodovar)
***Region 2 DVD.*** Will only play on computers or multi-region DVD players. Not made for playback on North American DVD players.

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