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6. "Law of Desire" (1987)
Almodóvar’s sexuality has informed every film he’s ever made, but he’s never addressed it quite as explicitly as he does in “Law of Desire,” a deranged, near-dreamlike tragedy of extreme sexual jealousy and insecurity in the LGBT world that welds a gay love triangle to the personal odyssey of a transgender woman who changed sex in order to be, er, closer to her dad. It’s wildly overheated stuff that wouldn’t survive its own absurdities were it not for the scale of passion involved. The heightened register of soap opera actually works to normalize gay and trans identity.