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Broken Embraces (2009)

Los abrazos rotos (original title)
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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.

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Pedro Almodóvar
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Lena
Lluís Homar ... Mateo Blanco / Harry Caine
Blanca Portillo ... Judit García
José Luis Gómez ... Ernesto Martel
Rubén Ochandiano ... Ray X
Tamar Novas ... Diego
Ángela Molina ... Madre de Lena
Chus Lampreave ... Portera
Kiti Mánver ... Madame Mylene
Lola Dueñas ... Lectora de labios
Mariola Fuentes ... Edurne
Carmen Machi ... Chon
Kira Miró ... Modelo
Rossy de Palma ... Julieta
Alejo Sauras ... Álex
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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>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken Hugs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,111, 22 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,014,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,991,660
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The short film La concejala antropófaga (2009) came about because of this film. Pedro Almodóvar was so happy with Carmen Machi's performance in this movie that he wrote her monologue from the short the night after she shot her scene. The next morning, Almodóvar approached Machi with the script, and they filmed it that day. 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 ...
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References Magnificent Obsession (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Vitamin C
Written by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit,
Damo Suzuki
Performed by Can
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Spain's finest export strikes again
20 March 2009 | by mc_190183See all my reviews

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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