Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos)

Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos)

Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos)

Spanish master filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar directs a tale that unfolds in two periods: flashing back and forth between the present day and 1994. Lluís Homar plays Mateo, a former film director who lost his sight in a car crash. Now he writes screenplays under his pen name ‘Harry Caine’. A newspaper obituary of a shady financier, Ernesto Martel, triggers memories of his movie-making career in the 90s: Martel bankrolled Mateo's final movie on condition that his mistress (Penélope Cruz) was given the lead.

128 minsSpain
DramaThrillerRomance
Director:
Pedro Almodóvar ('Bad Education', 'Talk to Her', 'All About My Mother')
Writer:
Pedro Almodóvar
Cast:
Penélope CruzLluís HomarJosé Luis GómezBlanca PortilloRubén Ochandiano
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Variety

Variety

press

A restless, rangy and frankly enjoyable genre-juggler that combines melodrama, comedy and more noir-hued darkness than ever before, the picture is held together by the extraordinary force of Almodovar’s cinematic personality.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Broken Embraces leaves the viewer in a contradictory state, a mixture of devastation and euphoria, amusement and dismay that deserves its own clinical designation. Call it Almodóvaria, a syndrome from which some of us are more than happy to suffer.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound. And Almodóvar, a true poet of cinema, creates images -- horrifying and healing -- that live inside your head like a waking dream. You want to miss a movie like that? I didn’t think so.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath. As it ravished me, I longed for a freeze frame to allow me to savor a shot.

Newshub

Newshub

press

Cruz is fabulous as she always is under Almodóvar’s watchful generous eye, and while this latest outing of theirs didn’t resonate as much as their last, Volver, it was still a very pleasurable experience.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This is a pretty minor film from the filmmaker. It feels like more of an exercise in plotting and movie nostalgia than a story about real people.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Gorgeous and seductive, if pitched at Almodóvar fans and perhaps a touch long. Those drawn by Cruz’s divadom will wonder why it takes so long to get to her -- though she is wholly dazzling when it does.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A restless, rangy and frankly enjoyable genre-juggler that combines melodrama, comedy and more noir-hued darkness than ever before, the picture is held together by the extraordinary force of Almodovar’s cinematic personality.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Broken Embraces leaves the viewer in a contradictory state, a mixture of devastation and euphoria, amusement and dismay that deserves its own clinical designation. Call it Almodóvaria, a syndrome from which some of us are more than happy to suffer.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound. And Almodóvar, a true poet of cinema, creates images -- horrifying and healing -- that live inside your head like a waking dream. You want to miss a movie like that? I didn’t think so.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath. As it ravished me, I longed for a freeze frame to allow me to savor a shot.

Newshub

Newshub

press

Cruz is fabulous as she always is under Almodóvar’s watchful generous eye, and while this latest outing of theirs didn’t resonate as much as their last, Volver, it was still a very pleasurable experience.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This is a pretty minor film from the filmmaker. It feels like more of an exercise in plotting and movie nostalgia than a story about real people.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Gorgeous and seductive, if pitched at Almodóvar fans and perhaps a touch long. Those drawn by Cruz’s divadom will wonder why it takes so long to get to her -- though she is wholly dazzling when it does.

4.0

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