Broken Embraces

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The story is twisted and complex, yet it emerges as sleek and unfussy. The characters' actions are grandly melodramatic, but the movie is close and intimate."" ""
-Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
Pedro Almodóvar?s Broken Embraces is a lush, deeply romantic noir dense with nods to films past, yet it plays as if it sprung fully formed from the director?s unconscious."" ""
-David Edelstein, New York Magazine
A vibrant, mature love letter to the making of movies, the meaning of movies, and the dark-eyed muse Penélope Cruz."" ""
-Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Captivant! Penélope Cruz est lumineuse!
-Normand Provencher, Le Soleil
Almodóvar affiche une maîtrise remarquable!
-Marc-André Lussier, La Presse
Une magnifique lettre d'amour au cinéma!
-Manon Dumais, Voir
Intense et attrayant. Les fans seront comblés!
-Natalia Wysocka, ICI

Synopsis

Fourteen years ago, a writer lost his sight and his lover in a car accident, and is now reduced to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. He has completely erased his original identity. Harry lives thanks to the scripts he writes and to the help of her former and always faithful production manager, Judit Garcia, as well as of her son, Diego, who acts as his secretary, typist and guide. But, one night, Diego has an accident and Harry must look after him. In the long night of sitting up with the boy, he tells him of his past as if it was a story. A story portrayed by a photo of a couple of lovers embracing. A photo torn to pieces, resulting in broken embraces.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, January 22, 2010
Original Languages: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 129 min.
Year: 2009

CREDITS

CAST
Blanca Portillo
Lluís Homar
Penélope Cruz
DIRECTED BY
Pedro Almodóvar

PHOTOS

Lena/Pina (Penélope Cruz). Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Judit (Blanca Portillo) on set. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Diego and Judit (Blanca Portillo). Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Diego, Mateo (Lluis Homar) (back) and Judit (Blanca Portillo). Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Director Pedro Almodóvar, Carmen Machi and Penélope Cruz. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Lena (Penélope Cruz) looking in the mirror. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Lena (Penélope Cruz) and Mateo (Lluis Homar) watching TV. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Mateo (Lluis Homar) and Lena (Penélope Cruz) (both back) in Lanzarote. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: Mateo (Lluis Homar) and Lena (Penelope Cruz) by the beach. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Penélope Cruz. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Clockwise: José Luis Gómez, Director Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Director Pedro Almodóvar. Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Lena (Penélope Cruz) embraced by Ernesto Martel Sr. (José Luis Gómez). Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Left to Right: ?Girls and Suitcases? on the screen and Harry (Lluis Homar). Photo by Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni Ó Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics