Spanish legend Pedro Almodovar returns to his roots

Chris Ward
ONCE the enfant terrible of Spanish film, Pedro Almodóvar has matured into the country’s most critically acclaimed and internationally recognised cinematic export. Though his current films are as crammed with melodrama, frank sexuality and eye-searing colour as his earlier work, there is now greater control. Early films such as Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! have a screwball, anything goes quality. Almodóvar has refined his style since his 1999 breakthrough, but the Spaniard’s latest effort, I’m So Excited, is a return to the frothy comedy of his early days. With a cast largely lifted from his “mature” period, it promises to be an intriguing mix of old and new. By Chris Ward

• I’m So Excited Is released 3 May