Pedro Almodovar's 1995 comic melodrama seems in many ways his most mature work, in theme as well as execution—it's the movie of a professional bad boy who's finally growing up. The central character is a secret writer of romance novels whose soldier husband has lost interest in her; one of her best friends, a psychologist, is secretly having an affair with him. Things get a lot more complicated, but Almodovar's control over the material and his affection for his characters never falter. With Marisa Paredes, Imanol Arias, and Carmen Elias. In Spanish with subtitles. R, 100 min.