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Broken Embraces ()

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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 41 nominations.
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Cast

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Lena
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Mateo Blanco / Harry Caine
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Judit García
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Ernesto Martel
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Ray X
Tamar Novas ...
Diego
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Madre de Lena
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Portera
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Madame Mylene
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Lectora de labios
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Edurne
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Chon
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Modelo
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Julieta
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Álex
Carlos Sampedro ...
(as Carlos Sanpedro)
Ramón Pons ...
Padre de Lena
Coté Soler
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Maribel
Chema Ruiz ...
Dr. Blasco
Jons Pappila
Javi Coll ...
Luis (as Javier Coll)
Juan Bautista Cucarella
Lyng Dyrup
Enrique Aparicio
Enrique Vargas
Viviana Espinoza ...
(as Viviana Espinosa)
Fernando Lueches ...
Montador de Avid
Fernando Iglesias
Carlos García Cambero
Bina Daigeler
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Jardinero
Esther García
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Ayudante de producción
Yuyi Beringola ...
Recepcionista Cinearte (uncredited)
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Ayudante de dirección (uncredited)
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató ...
Vecino enrollado bar (uncredited)

Directed by

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Pedro Almodóvar

Written by

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Pedro Almodóvar ... ()

Produced by

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Agustín Almodóvar ... producer
Esther García ... producer

Music by

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Alberto Iglesias

Cinematography by

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Rodrigo Prieto

Film Editing by

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José Salcedo

Editorial Department

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Elena Araco ... scanning and film recording
Manolo Laguna ... assistant editor
Pedro C. Lozano ... post-production coordinator (as Pedro Lozano)
Rosa Ortiz ... assistant editor
Miguel P. Gilaberte ... digital intermediate colorist
Guillermo Peña Jr. ... telecine colorist
Luis Escalada ... digital restoration (uncredited)

Casting By

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Luis San Narciso

Production Design by

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Antxón Gómez
Víctor Molero ... designer

Art Direction by

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Víctor Molero

Set Decoration by

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Marta Blasco
Pilar Revuelta

Costume Design by

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Sonia Grande

Makeup Department

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Mirella de la Puente ... assistant hair stylist
Yael Fernández-Maquieira ... assistant makeup artist
Massimo Gattabrusi ... key hair stylist
Ana Lozano ... makeup designer
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

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Sergio Díaz ... unit production manager
Toni Novella ... line producer
Federico Rozadillas ... assistant unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Sonia Aranzabal ... set dresser
Esteban Arranz ... assistant decorator
Pablo Buratti ... storyboard artist
Juan Gatti ... graphic designer
Juanjo Gracia ... assistant decorator
Valentín Isakov ... props
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)
Javier Orgaz ... carpenter
Iñaki Rubio ... prop buyer
Pablo Seoane ... set dresser
Isaac Viejo ... graphic designer
Tania Whalbeck ... painter (as Tanja Wahlbeck)

Sound Department

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Eduardo Castro ... sound editing assistant (as Eduardo G. Castro)
Álex F. Capilla ... dialogue editor
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató ... boom operator (as Jaime Fernández-Cid)
Ángel Fraguela ... sound assistant (as Angel Fragüela)
Patrick Ghislain ... foley mixer
Mario González ... mixer assistant
Pelayo Gutiérrez ... sound editor
Rodrigo Merolla ... second boom operator
Julien Naudin ... foley artist
Marc Orts ... re-recording mixer
Miguel Rejas ... sound
Iñaki Sánchez ... sound assistant
Ricardo Viñas ... dolby sound consultant

Special Effects by

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César Abades ... special effects
Reyes Abades ... special effects
Óscar Abades ... special effects technician
Jordi Morera ... special effects makeup: DDT SFX
Pablo Perona ... special effects makeup: DDT SFX set assistant (as Pablo Perona Navarro)
Daniel Reboul ... special effects
Marcos Sagasta ... special effects assistant: DDT sfx
Aleix Torrecillas ... special effects makeup DDT crew
Joaquín Vergara ... special effects

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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

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Óscar Abades ... stunts
Camino Capellín ... stunts
Jordi Casares ... stunt coordinator
Katia Fernández ... stunts
Camino García ... stunt performer
Ángel Gómez Fernández ... stunts (as Ángel Gómez) / stunts
Antonio Lemos ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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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
Iván Sequeira ... electrician
Pablo Sánchez ... second assistant camera
Miguel Angel Viñas ... camera intern (as Miguel Ángel Viñas)
Guillermo Vázquez ... technocrane assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Macarena García ... assistant costume designer
María Lacambra ... trainee
Lucía López ... assistant costume designer
Joaquín Montull ... assistant costume designer

Music Department

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Chris Barrett ... assistant music engineer
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Javier Casado ... music co-producer
David Cerrejón ... music assistant
Chris Clad ... violin
Javier Crespo ... musician
José Luis Crespo ... music producer / score recording & mixing
Anton Gakkel ... musician
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor / orchestra coordinator
Alberto Iglesias ... conductor
Sona Jobarteh ... musician: Kora Player
Skaila Kanga ... musician
Peter Lale ... musician
Chris Lawrence ... musician (as Chris Laurence)
Laurence Love Greed ... assistant engineer (as Lawrence Greed)
Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
Ara Malikian ... musician: violin
Julia Malkova ... musician: viola
Pablo Martín ... musician
Charlotte Matthews ... assistant orchestra coordinator
Perry Montague-Mason ... musician: violin (as Perry Montague Mason)
Martin Robertson ... musician
Bruce White ... musician: viola

Other crew

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Rafa Bautista ... coach: Lluís Homar
Yuyi Beringola ... script supervisor
Gabi Díaz Bermejo ... production apprentice
Verónica Díaz ... production coordinator
Diana García Jimena ... administrative assistant
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

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John Galliano ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Broken Embraces (World-wide, English title)
  • Broken Hugs (United States)
  • Broken Embraces (United States)
  • Broken Embraces (United Kingdom)
  • Étreintes brisées (France)
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Runtime
  • 127 min
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Box Office

Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $30,991,660

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film within a film 'Girls And Suitcases' is loosely based on Pedro Almodóvar's own film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). 'Rossy De Palma' appears in both, although in different roles. See more »
Goofs Mateo's wristwatch has the crystal intact. A blind person's watch would have the crystal removed, so that (s)he could tell time by feeling the position of the hands. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009). See more »
Soundtracks A ciegas See more »
Quotes Diego: When you were waiting at the roundabout, for a car to pass on your left, Lena and you kissed.
Mateo Blanco: We kissed? I don't remember that.
Diego: It's a normal kiss, the kind couples give each other out of habit.
Mateo Blanco: The last kiss.
Diego: Yes. Lena didn't die in your arms, like you'd dreamed, but the last sensation she took from this world was your mouth.
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