Title

Pepi, Luci, Bom, and Dark Habits: Lesbian "Families" in the films of Pedro Almodóvar

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-26-2009

Abstract

Film critics and scholars alike have accepted Pedro Almodovar's Pepi, Luci, Bom, and Dark Habits as highlighting the erotic fixations of a subculture that would have remained silent under Franco. Nonetheless, I see these films as important for their ability to shed light on the Spanish contemporary family. The power dynamics that evolve between female characters in these films illustrate how same-sex couples come together, expand, and re-create alternative family configurations in Spain. I make the case that although these alternative families may not prove to be any less functional than traditional patriarchal families, through them Almodóvar compels viewers to reassess the purpose and crucial role that the family plays within Spanish society.

Publication Name

Journal of Lesbian Studies

Volume Number

13

First Page

49

Last Page

58

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1080/07380560802314169

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