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ONWARDS & SIDEWAYS: THE FILMS OF PEDRO ALMODÓVAR

IT'S LOVE WHEN a retired torero and a beautiful lawyer match obsessions and find a perfect fir. Their passion in intense... and lethal. But what about the young bullfighting student whose confessions to a string of murders bring the two lovers together?

You’re not likely to find this part of Spain in a guidebook for tourists. Gloria, a very resourceful working class housewife, is a true feminist heroine who’s on the go 18 hours a day, trying to keep her outrageously wacky family afloat. Comedy and tragedy blend to portray a surreal and perverse fable of contemporary life.

Yolanda, a nightclub singer who goes on the lam after her lover dies of a drug overdose, takes refuge in the Convent of the Humble Redeemers. The eccentric nuns, who greet her with open arms, have their own problems, with the Church, with the Law and with their benefactor. In the end, it’s hard to say who is redeemed, if

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