His boyish obsession with the diplomat's drug-addicted daughter
lands him in jail. After serving time (and studying the Bible and
Bulgarian in an effort to improve himself), Victor once again pursues
the same woman with thoughts of revenge. He's fated never to escape
Elena, who, out of guilt, has married a paraplegic basketball star.
He happens to be the very same man who, as a cop, originally arrested
Victor. Tipping his hat to Bunuel, Almodovar explores the revered
Spanish filmmaker's favorite themes of destiny and death. His
playful, good-humored take on the normally glum film noir is fairly
entertaining, but hardly memorable.
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