7.2/10
30,913
85 user 226 critic

Broken Embraces (2009)

Los abrazos rotos (original title)
Trailer
1:05 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.

Director:

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Volver I (2006)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas
Bad Education (2004)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña
Talk to Her (2002)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano
Live Flesh (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Leo Macias writes sentimental novels with great success but hidden under a pseudonym, Amanda Gris. She is unhappy with her professional life and with her husband, a soldier working in ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Marisa Paredes, Juan Echanove, Carme Elias
High Heels (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A girl's mother returns after 15 years to find her daughter has married one of her (the mother's) old boyfriends. They try to mend their broken mother/daughter relationship and deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé
Kika (1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kika, a young cosmetologist, is called to the mansion of Nicolas, an American writer to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramon. Ramon, who is not dead, is revived by Kika's attentions and... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Peter Coyote, Verónica Forqué, Victoria Abril
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles León
Matador (1986)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An ex-bullfighter who gets turned on by killing, a lady lawyer with the same fetish and a young man driven insane by his religious upbringing - these are the main characters in this stylish... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Assumpta Serna, Antonio Banderas, Nacho Martínez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Chus Lampreave ...
Kiti Mánver ...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Álex
Edit

Storyline

Passion, obsession, wealth, jealousy, family, guilt, and creativity. In Madrid, Harry Caine is a blind screenwriter, assisted by Judit and her son Diego. The past comes rushing in when Harry learns of the death of Ernesto Martel, a wealthy businessman, and Ernesto's son pays Harry a visit. In a series of flashbacks to the 1990s, we see Harry, who was then Mateo Blanco, a director; he falls in love with Ernesto's mistress, Lena, and casts her in a film, which Ernesto finances. Ernesto is jealous and obsessive, sending his son to film the making of the movie, to follow Lena and Mateo, and to give him the daily footage. Judit doesn't like Lena. It's a collision course. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broken Embraces  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£296,048 (UK) (28 August 2009)

Gross:

$5,009,119 (USA) (21 May 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Pedro Almodóvar has said that one of the reasons he decided to hire cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto is because he knew the movie was going to be colorful, and Mexicans are not afraid of colors when it comes to be visual. See more »

Goofs

After Ernesto pushed Lena on the staircase, he takes her to the hospital in his Rolls Royce. When they approach the metal gate of his Villa, you can see, almost in the middle of the frame, a blue square with a man inside, most probably a crew person. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[in Spanish, quoting English subtitles]
Modelo: What's your name?
Mateo Blanco: Harry Caine.
[voiceover]
Mateo Blanco: I used to be called Mateo and I was a film director. I was always tempted by the idea of being someone else, as well as myself. Living one's life wasn't enough, so I invented a pseudonym, Harry Caine, an adventurer who, as fate would have it, became a writer. I had him sign all the scripts and stories I wrote. For years, Mateo Blanco and Harry Caine shared the same body, mine. But a moment came when ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Summer Special 2009/10 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Vitamin C
Written by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit,
Damo Suzuki
Performed by Can
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
even minor Almodovar is worth a look-see
18 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pedro Almodovar's latest, "Broken Embraces," is like a high-class telenovela for the art-house crowd.

Its love triangle - involving a film director (Lluis Homar), his gorgeous lead actress (Penelope Cruz) and her elderly, abusive boyfriend (Jose Luis Gomez) who's financing the film on which they're working - spans the period from 1994 to 2008. In the present time, the financier, Ernesto Martel, has just died, while the director, Mateo Blanco, who has since become blind, has plans for writing another film. But what's become of Lena, the girl of both of their dreams, in the intervening years?

Structurally, the movie divides its focus fairly evenly between the two time periods. The intricately plotted narrative unravels like a conventional mystery story, with clues being dropped in at key moments and character connections and motivations becoming ever more clearly defined as the movie goes on.

This isn't prime Almodovar, by any means, but the customary florid melodrama, color-rich palette and elegant direction make it a worthy addition to the director's oeuvre.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Your thoughts? WoodyWoolf
Easily One of Almodovar's Best. DexterManning
Do not see this movie. srkredliner
Is Harry Caine truly blind? nanilluc
song in the nightclub jofrey
Beautiful film. Beach scene had me in tears.. jamie147
Discuss Broken Embraces (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?