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8Sep/110

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)

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Stockholm Syndrome is a funny thing. Well, maybe not overtly, but Pedro Almodovar tries to tease out its roots and strange perversity in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, a movie that makes good use of its NC-17 rating for an emotional but colorful roller coaster.

Stockholm syndrome, for those of you who aren't over the age of 12, is what happens when a victim of a kidnapping begins to identify with their captors. You may have caught this in films like The World is Not Enough, Buffalo '66, or Cars. (No, seriously, it's tagged for Cars on IMDB, I'm not even joking about that.) It can either be taken one of two ways: plot contrivance, or an examination of the failings of misguided empathy.