Workaholic Banderas crammed in a few more local movies before another encounter with Pedro Almodóvar. Released as Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! in English-speaking territories, this further inflated the Spanish director's growing overseas fanbase.
It was certainly controversial: Banderas' Ricky has recently been signed out of a mental institution, and sets about kidnapping porn star and former conquest Marina in an unflinchingly brutal manner. As usual, Almodóvar manages to find some tenderness in writ large characters facing extreme circumstances.
Spanish Machismo? He lets his sense of entitlement carry him away.