Tie me up! Tie me down!

Tie me up! Tie me down!

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Spanish
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A rambunctious dark comedy. An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a B-movie porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. A highly unconventional romance that came on the spike heels of Almodovar's international sensation Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, this is a splashy, sexy central work in the career of one of the world's most beloved and provocative auteurs.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781604658460
Branch Call Number: SPA MOVIE TIE
Language Note: Spanish dialogue; English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,Blu-ray,region A,rda


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Jun 14, 2018

A delicious romantic dark comedy with Victoria Abril and Antonio Banderas, both about 30 in 1990. Caught myself LOL in the painfully sexy scene which made the film controversial. The pair of featured Spanish songs were both enjoyable: “Canción del alma (Song of the Soul)”” sung by Loles León and the closing carpool karaoke “Resistire (I will resist)” by León and Banderas. Rated NC-17. More details and pro reviews in “Summary.”

Jun 13, 2018

An Almodóvar flop for me. A few brilliant moments, but the overall story is predictable and it’s just waiting to see when it’ll end — rather how or what path it’ll take.

Hard to believe the story of this one, but it is Almie. shed your inhibitions, loosen your belt, and prepare to have a real good time. the second disc has the cast singing an upbeat inspiring song called Resistire!, that I particularly enjoyed, as it was live.

Jul 24, 2017

I've never seen a story quite like this. Became slightly predictable, but I was still enthralled by it. It was great to see such a young Antonio Banderas! Who doesn't love a strange foreign film??

Jan 17, 2016

I enjoyed this. Light-hearted, feel-good stuff. You know all along that the ending will be happy.

May 09, 2015

A rather silly and vulgar film, but well made.

johnami Mar 05, 2012

A highly enjoyable romantic comedy with an imaginative script, solid direction, and excellent performances. Antonio Banderas is especially good as the equally innocent and devilish orphan out to find a life for himself.

It's unfortunate that this film is considered controversial because of a sex scene and candid shots of two of the female leads. Everything is in character for the work as a whole. Criticizing the sexual elements really has nothing to do with the quality of the film.


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Jun 14, 2018

Reviews in pull out insert:
Visions of Desire: Kent Jones Talks to Wes Anderson About Almodóvar
On Film / Interviews — Aug 18, 2014
The Birth of Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
By Pedro Almodóvar
On Film / Essays — Aug 18, 2014


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Jun 14, 2018

“Canción del alma = Song of the Soul” sung by Loles León (Lyrics per English subtitles):
La la la la … la la …
I know you understand
The heaviness in my heart
When I’m at your side
My sorrow disappears
I’ll do anything you want
The fault will all be yours
For my heart is waiting
Waiting for you once more
How did I ever bear
Being so long without you
How did I ever wait
How did I hold on
You know that deep inside
I’m desperate and sad
Ever since you left
Life has lost all meaning
La la la la la …


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