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Broken Embraces-Movie Review 10/15/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Cannes Film Festival, Drama, Golden Globes, Movies, Pedro Almodóvar, Romance, Spanish language film.

Broken Embraces (Spanish) 2009
Los abrazos rotos

Among many other wins and nominations:
NOMINATED, Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes
WINNER, Critics Choice Award, Best Foreign Language Film, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
NOMINATED, Palme d’Or (Almodóvar), Cannes Film Festival
WINNER (tied), Audience Award, Best Foreign Language Film (Almodóvar), São Paulo International Film Festival

Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Starring Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, José Luis Gómez, and Blanca Portillo

When now-blind screenwriter Harry Caine (Homar) learns of the death of the wealthy and powerful Ernesto Martel (Gomez), he reminisces about his own passionate love for Martel’s mistress Lena (Cruz). The story intermittently flashes back to the 1990s, depicting the jealousy and obsession that culminated in tragedy, and forward to the present where secrets are still being kept.

A good storyline, made even better by a superior cast. The always notable Penélope Cruz plays Lena with a sweet vulnerability and more deference to the powerful Ernesto than one might expect. Lluís Homar’s character changes from confident to dependent; forced to give up his career as a film director when he becomes blind, he even goes so far as to change his name from Mateo Blanco to Harry Caine.

127 min. Rated R for sexual content, drug use, language.



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