A vision of things to come?
I‘m pretty sure Pedro Almodóvar hit his peak last year with his exceptional, The Skin I Live In. Exquisitely shot, masterful storytelling, compelling characters… and twisted as hell. It was also the first time the director has worked with Anotnio Banderas in over 20 years, so that was exciting. The only thing that could’ve made it exceed five stars would have been of course his muse, Penélope Cruz.
But wait, word comes today that Almodóvar has seen the error of his ways and filming will begin this summer for his next film, The Brief Lovers, starring both Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas; believe it or not their first collaboration.
So maybe “starring” is a hasty word to describe their roles in the film as they are reportedly shooting all of their scenes in one day. So my guess is we won’t see much of them in the film and instead Pedro will rely on his other, more regular, set of talented actors for the heavy lifting. Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) looks to be the lead in the film, but The Brief Lovers will also include Guillermo Toledo, Raúl Arévalo, Hugo Silva, Cecilia Roth, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Blanca Suárez, José María Yazik and Antonio de la Torre.
The story will be set against a plane accident. The passengers, fearing for their lives, begin to confess their inner secrets. According to Agustín Almodovar, it will be a “frenzy comedy” with a flavour of Pedro’s films of the ’80s.
This is good news! Sounds delightfully like something along the lines of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which was the last full-on comedy Almodóvar has done (almost fifteen years ago) and it was fantastic.
The Brief Lovers is scheduled to open worldwide next spring and apparently those who have read the script claim that is the funniest script that Pedro has written in years. So welcome to my first “most anticipated list” title for 2013 Pedro!