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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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Release Date:
18 March 2009 (Spain) See more »
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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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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 30 nominations See more »
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Spain's finest export strikes again See more (83 total) »

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 
 
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 .... props 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 Ángel Viñas .... camera intern
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
Christopher Laurence .... musician (as Chris Laurence)
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Agustín Almodóvar]Pedro Almodóvar's brother, and the film's producer, appears as an employee of Ernesto Martel, in the scene where Lena returns from hospital. Agustín has cameos in 15 of the 17 films which Pedro Almodóvar has directed.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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Soundtrack:
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76 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Spain's finest export strikes again, 20 March 2009
Author: mc_190183 from United Kingdom

Pedro's back and Madrid has gone wild. With the release of his 17th feature film, "Los Abrazos Rotos" (Broken Embraces) Almodovár tells the tale of a blind film director (Lluis Omar) and how he came to lose not only his sight, but also the love of his life (Penelope Cruz). The film is by no means a departure from the Spaniard's typical traits, with the picture employing the usual Almodóvar fodder – love, lies, tears, melodrama, comedy - to great effect. The film journeys between the past and the present, and interweaves diverse stories and viewpoints, to construct a fascinating drama full of twists and turns. The acting is terrific and there are many 'in-jokes' involving subtle references to previous Almodóvar films, with the picture rounded off nicely by a soundtrack produced by the ever-brilliant Alberto Iglesias (featuring original music alongside tracks by Uffie, Cat Power and Can).

My only gripe would be the film's length, clocking up over 2 hours – a factor which is noticeable given that the film's storyline does seem to run out of steam after the 90-minute mark. But that minor complaint should not detract from the fact that Almodóvar has demonstrated himself to be one of the most individual and consistent film-makers in modern cinema. It must be said that 'Los Abrazos Rotos' is not the tour-de-force that some fans may have hoped for and falls short of eclipsing what in my opinion was his career high – Hable Con Ella (Talk to Her). Nevertheless, Almodóvar delivers a very engaging film which is sure to become another hit, and will no doubt earn more accolades for the man who can deservedly call himself Spain's most successful film-maker of all time.

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