I'm So Excited
Pedro Almodóvor's flamboyant 1980 debut Pepi, Luci, Bom was followed by a string of films which grew increasingly dark, including the recent psychological horror The Skin I Live In. However, 33 years later, I'm So Excited marks a return to the director's proudly absurd roots. It's a gaudy, mile-high romp which has just the right amount of risqué humour.
Set on a doomed passenger jet that’s awaiting clearance for an emergency landing, the imminent possibility of a fiery death leads to the passengers' decision to ritually unburden themselves of their intimate, sexual longings. Meanwhile, three eccentric flight attendants ply the flyers with a drugged cocktail to ease the suffering.
Almodóvar utilises the confined space of the aircraft well photographically, and some scenes are shot to have sitcom vibes, complementing the glorious trashiness of the material. The tone changes throughout the film, and the final scenes reveal the picture's inevitable dark heart.
I'm So Excited is, above all, an outrageous existential comedy which is definitely worth a watch, so get on board and let chaos reign!
Screenings of this film:
|2013/2014 Autumn Term – (digital)|