Broken Embraces

Broken Embraces
  • 2009
  • Spain
  • 2h 8min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Written by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Cast: Penélope Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Lluís Homar, Lola Dueñas, Ángela Molina, Rossy de Palma
  • Language: Spanish, English
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The auteur's most self-referential love letter to cinema yet presents the story of a ménage-a-quatre between filmmaker Harry (Homar), leading lady Lena (Cruz), her sugar daddy Ernesto (José Luis Gómez), and Harry's production manager Judit (Portillo). This labyrinthine tale of amour fou unfolds largely in flashback as Harry recounts his sorry story to Judit's son. Ultra-stylish and loaded with thematic weight.

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Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos)

21 Aug 20094 stars

New work from Pedro Almodóvar

Since moving into his mature period of filmmaking Pedro Almodóvar’s films have benefited from both an increasingly dramatic emotional impact and an ever more cinematic sensibility. His latest boasts a little less of the former than its predecessors, but…

The look of love: Pedro Almodóvar interview

20 Aug 2009

We preview the Spanish filmmaker's Broken Embraces

Pedro Almodóvar, the most famous Spanish filmmaker since his Aragónian idol Luis Buñuel, and one of the most acclaimed auteurs in international cinema, once described his relationship to his chosen medium of expression thus: ‘Cinema has become my life.

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