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Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (¡Átame!, Spain, 1990)

June 23, 2009

Antonio Banderas-ASG-006168

This picture isn’t from the film…

I quite liked this film although quite strange in parts, i thought the way brights colours are used throughout was great. And the contrast between antonio banderas’s characters love for the woman who’s name i can’t remember at the moment, compared to the directors obvious love and obsession, the audience feels slightly sorry for the director as we know he has no chance of getting the girl; although slightly offput aswell when we see him watching the pornographic film while his wife is asking him if he needs anything. I think banderas’s acts very well in this film and makes you feel the passion he feels for the woman aswell as the sympathy when we see him get beaten up.

Who wrote this above?

Almodovar is one of the best directors of his generation, however this film does not do him justice. It’s plot, as rapid changing as it may be, is very predictable, meaning that some pace is lost in the story towards the end. It’s dark, comical aspects give the film a light-hearted feel in parts, but it is hard to stray from the quite shocking world of pornographic production. – James.

James is wrong.
Although very different from Almodovar’s other films, Tie Me Up Tie Me Down does him justice perfectly. I think the film is possibly more controversial than his other films (after being smacked, tied to a bed and practically abused for a few days, she voluntarily has sex with her kidnapper and falls in love with him, feminists can’t be happy), it only focusses on two characters which develops them more and makes it more accesible to the audience. I quite liked the film and thought the use of colours although garish drew attention to the scene.  The film wasn’t as well recieved by Spanish critics as Almodovar’s other films.    Alex Turner

I agree with Alexander James Turner, the way she succumbs to Stockholm syndrome after being abused for days is very odd. It is almost surreal the way she is kidnapped, abused, then falls in love with her kidnapper and drive off happily into the sunset because this is one thing that would most likely never happen. I was a bit disappointed with the ending as I was left with the thought of “is that it”. The very ‘Hollywood’ ending did add to the surrealism because this is very unlikely to happen.                   Michael Macfadyen


— The Film in genral is not my taste at all. i dislike the narritive side to it as to me, it is something that would never happen and it was a constant repetition throughtout of him tieing her up. there isnt much else in the film the grips me at all. having said that, i think the way that Almodavar has shot the film and the layout of it is, “amaazingg” and everything fits together. i wouldnt watch this film again by choice. And the ending didnt leave me thinking “oh what happens now” it left me thinking “thank god that over” Tyrone Michael 🙂


The film didn’t seem real to me. Although the way that Marina suffers from Stockholm syndrome at the end, which I thought was realistic, the way that it happens to her isn’t. Having sex with someone wouldn’t force them to love you, so, all in all, a very unrealistic film      Sean Fenton

I couldn’t agree more with Tyrone .
This film isn’t really a taste of mine, in fact I found it rather tasteless all in all.
The camera work is quite witty and the abstract use of colours is rather challenging,
but like Ty I can’t really comment on anything more that I like, as I too was left thinking “Thank God it’s over …”
I do think however Alex has made a very sound point (sorry James), Almodovar’s cotroversy is certainly at large in this picture.
Unfortunatly however too at large for me.
– Luke Haley