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Broken Embraces (2009) More at IMDbPro »Los abrazos rotos (original title)

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Broken Embraces -- A luminous Penélope Cruz stars as an actress who sacrifices everything for true love in BROKEN EMBRACES, Academy Award -winning filmmaker (2003, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her) Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed tale of sex, secrets and cinema.
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Broken Embraces -- Blind screenwriter Harry Caine (Homar) reveals the secrets of his past to a young associate, from his former life as a filmmaker working under his given name, to the accident which claimed his sight and led to a break-up with Lena (Cruz), a now-famous actress who lives in a gilded cage with her wealthy older partner.
Broken Embraces -- 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.

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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pedro Almodóvar 

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... producer
Esther García .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto 
 
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
 
Casting by
Luis San Narciso 
 
Production Design by
Antxón Gómez 
Víctor Molero (designer)
 
Art Direction by
Víctor Molero 
 
Set Decoration by
Marta Blasco 
Pilar Revuelta 
 
Costume Design by
Sonia Grande 
 
Makeup Department
Mirella de la Puente .... assistant hair stylist
Yael Fernández-Maquieira .... assistant makeup artist
Massimo Gattabrusi .... key hair stylist
Ana Lozano .... makeup department head
Mónica Miguel .... assistant hair stylist
Haridian Nóbrega .... assistant makeup artist
Arianna Palmucci .... assistant hair stylist
Eva Quilez .... assistant makeup artist
Virginia Ruiz .... assistant makeup artist
Daniela Tartari .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Sergio Díaz .... unit production manager
Toni Novella .... production manager
Federico Rozadillas .... assistant unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cecilio Caparrini .... dga trainee
Guillermo Escribano .... assistant director
Pablo García .... third assistant director
Ferran Rial .... second assistant director
Daniel Rivero .... second assistant director
Andrea Vázquez .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Sonia Aranzabal .... set dresser
Esteban Arranz .... assistant decorator
Pablo Buratti .... storyboard artist
Juan Gatti .... graphic designer
Juanjo Gracia .... assistant decorator
Antía León Castro .... art coordinator
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Nuria Muni .... assistant decorator
María Clara Notari .... assistant art director (as Clara Notari)
Iñaki Rubio .... prop buyer
Pablo Seoane .... set dresser
Isaac Viejo .... graphic designer
Tanja Wahlbeck .... painter
 
Sound Department
Álex F. Capilla .... dialogue editor
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató .... boom operator (as Jaime Fernández-Cid)
Angel Fragüela .... sound assistant trainee
Eduardo G. Castro .... sound editing assistant
Patrick Ghislain .... foley mixer
Mario González .... mixer assistant
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... sound editor
Rodrigo Merolla .... second boom operator
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Miguel Rejas .... sound
Iñaki Sánchez .... sound assistant
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Óscar Abades .... special effects technician
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX
Pablo Perona Navarro .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX set assistant
Daniel Reboul .... special effects
Marcos Sagasta .... special effects assistant: DDT sfx
Aleix Torrecillas .... special effects makeup DDT crew
Joaquín Vergara .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Sonsoles Aranguren .... digital compositor
Luis Blasco .... digital compositor
Bahar Cetin .... digital compositor
David Esteve .... digital compositor
Inma Nadela .... digital compositor
Guillermo Orbe .... digital compositor
Ramón Ramos .... visual effects artist
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Óscar Abades .... stunts
Camino Capellín .... stunts
Jordi Casares .... stunt coordinator
Katia Fernández .... stunts
Ángel Gómez Fernández .... stunts (as Ángel Gómez)
Antonio Lemos .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paola Ardizzoni .... still photographer
Fernando Beltrán .... head electrician
Daniel Gago .... electrician (as Dani Gago)
Álvaro García .... second assistant camera
Falkwyn Goyeneche .... video assistant (as Falkwyn de Goyeneche)
Francisco Izaguirre .... lighting technician
Luis Lattanzi .... first assistant camera: second unit
Diego Leco .... camera operator: making of
Juan Leiva .... first assistant camera
Joaquín Manchado .... second camera operator
Raúl Manchado .... Steadicam operator
Carlos Miguel .... key grip
Roberto Miguel .... machinist
Emilio Pereda .... still photographer
Bartolomé Pérez .... lighting technician
José Manuel Reboul .... electrician
Pablo Sánchez .... second assistant camera
Miguel Angel Viñas .... camera intern (as Miguel Ángel Viñas)
Guillermo Vázquez .... technocrane assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Macarena García .... assistant costume designer
María Lacambra .... trainee
Lucía López .... assistant costume designer
Joaquín Montull .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Manolo Laguna .... assistant editor
Rosa Ortiz .... assistant editor
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Chris Barrett .... assistant music engineer
Javier Casado .... music co-producer
David Cerrejón .... music assistant
Chris Clad .... violin
Javier Crespo .... musician
José Luis Crespo .... music producer
José Luis Crespo .... score recording & mixing
Anton Gakkel .... musician
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra coordinator
Alberto Iglesias .... conductor
Sona Jobarteh .... musician: Kora Player
Skaila Kanga .... musician
Peter Lale .... musician
Chris Laurence .... musician
Laurence Love Greed .... assistant engineer (as Lawrence Greed)
Ara Malikian .... musician: violin
Julia Malkova .... musician: viola
Pablo Martín .... musician
Charlotte Matthews .... assistant orchestra coordinator
Perry Montague Mason .... musician: violin
Martin Robertson .... musician
Bruce White .... viola
 
Other crew
Rafa Bautista .... coach: Lluís Homar
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Gabi Díaz Bermejo .... production apprentice
Verónica Díaz .... production coordinator
Lola García .... assistant to director
Almudena Gómez .... advisor
Javier Heras .... trainer
Marina Hernando .... production assistant (as Marina H. Molini)
Virginia Lacorzana .... script supervisor
Rafael Lorenzo .... advisor
Fernando Lueches .... personal assistant to director
Marina López .... trainer
Cecilia Maric .... production secretary
Gonzalo Mendiburu .... additional production runner
Yuriria Montero .... production secretary
Liliana Niespial .... international relations assistant
Deborah Palomo .... press (as Débora Palomo)
Bárbara Peiró .... manager: international affairs (as Bárbara Peiró)
Pilar Pérez .... cashier
Mercedes Selgas .... production accountant
Karine de Haynin .... press attache (uncredited )
 
Thanks
John Galliano .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Los abrazos rotos" - Spain (original title)
"Broken Hugs" - USA (literal English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material
Runtime:
127 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45474)

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Trivia:
The sex scene between Penélope Cruz and José Luis Gómez was changed on set. When they were going to shoot, Pedro Almodóvar decided to star the scene with the couple having sex under the sheets, so the audience didn't know for a while if Lena was having sex with Mateo or Ernesto.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: At the end of the movie, during Matteo remakes the video, we see two chairs in old video record which are made by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola for Italian furniture brand Moroso (Antibodi chaise lounge - produced in 2006). While Lena was going to open the door for red dress woman there behind we can see each of them. And also outside in the terrace we can see another chair designed by P. Urquiola for Moroso (Tropicalia chair - produced in 2009). But from 1990 to 1996 P. Urquiola was the assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Politecnico Di Milano and ENSCI in Paris.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...
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Almodovar's embrace with cinema, 21 November 2009
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

There's never been any doubt about Pedro Almodovar's unquestioned, unstoppable love for all things cinema, a fact that pops up frequently in his body of work, most notably the autobiographical Bad Education. Like that intrigue-heavy melodrama, Broken Embraces was shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, with many critics and bookmakers speculating about the director finally winning the Palme d'Or after many unsuccessful attempts (the closest he came, apparently, was with the stunning Volver). Of course, the movie received zero awards (with the top prize going to Michael Haneke, another "perennial loser" so to speak) and left many people who saw it indifferent. The reason? Almodovar keeps making the exact same films year after year.

The "hero" of Broken Embraces is a Spanish screenwriter (Lluis Homar, who played the older priest in Bad Education) who calls himself Harry Caine (a mixture of fictional character Harry Palmer and the actor playing him, Michael Caine, or possibly a play on how Italians and Spaniards phonetically pronounce the English word "hurricane"). He's blind, and has gone off on a soul-searching journey to deal with a tragedy that occurred 14 years earlier. As the mystery surrounding his past unravels, flashbacks are used to depict a "happier" time, when he could still see, was known as Mateo Blanco and tried to make his last film, on the set of which he met and fell in love with actress Lena (Penélope Cruz), who unfortunately was involved with another, more powerful man...

It's easy to see why people choose to dislike the film: they're right, there's nothing really original in the screenplay (the "solution" to the mystery is easy to guess), in fact Almodovar seems to be going on autopilot, hitting the melodrama button without bothering to make sure he's doing it the right way. But that doesn't mean he never does a good job: visually, Broken Embraces is as enchanting as Volver, and if there's one thing the director hardly ever gets wrong, it's casting: Penélope Cruz is beautiful and convincingly vulnerable at the same time, Homar elicits enough sympathy as Mateo/Harry, and the "villain" of the piece (José Luis Gomez) is acceptably solid.

As for the self-referential streak in Almodovar's production (there's at least one in-joke in every film), he really hits gold this time, with fake footage of Mateo's lost film coming off as a clever pastiche of earlier hit Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which starred his other muse Carmen Maura. That scene alone justifies watching the film at least once. Broken Embraces may not be vintage Almodovar, but he's worth checking out even when he's "slacking".

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