Broken Embraces

Broken Embraces

Director: Pedro Almodóvar Cast: Penélope Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Lluís Homar

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Overview

A follow-up to Spanish enfant terrible Pedro Almodóvar's 2006 arthouse sensation Volver, Los Abrazos Rotos finds the filmmaker re-teaming with actress Penélope Cruz and working on a canvas much broader than those of his previous outings, in terms of genres covered, narrative scope, and duration. Lluís Homar stars as the former Mateo Blanco, a screenwriter and ex-director who changed his name to Harry Caine after losing his sight in an automobile accident. A past scandal suddenly resurfaces when the news arrives that the producer of one of Harry's old movies ("Girls and Suitcases"), a corrupt stockbroker named Ernesto Martel (José Luis Gómez), has died. For mysterious reasons, this makes Harry's ex-production manager Judit (Blanca Portillo) nervous; then Ernesto's son, Ray X (Rubén Ochandiano), turns up and asks Harry to help him write a vindictive script to get back at his vile father. The film subsequently flashes back to the early '90s, when Martel became involved with his secretary, Lena (Cruz), but Mateo also began to develop feelings for her, and auditioned her for "Girls and Suitcases." In response to Mateo's interest in Lena (and her burgeoning interest in him), the jealous Martel commissioned Ray to make a documentary about the making of "Girls and Suitcases" as an excuse to spy on the director and star. This enabled him to watch Mateo spiriting off with Lena right under his nose, and set the stage for the wily producer's elaborate revenge against Mateo. As this synopsis suggests, Almodóvar uses a tricky structure laden with flashbacks to both comment on and explain the events of the present; he also interweaves a noirish sensibility throughout the picture that marks something of a first for this director.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2010
UPC: 0043396331839
Original Release: 2009
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:07:00
Sales rank: 18,517

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Pedro Directs Penélope; Variety Q&A with Penélope Cruz; "The Cannibalistic Councillor" a short film by Pedro Almodóvar; On the Red Carpet: The New York Film Festival Closing Night

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Penélope Cruz Lena
Blanca Portillo Judit
Lluís Homar Mateo y Harry Caine
José Luis Gómez Ernesto Martel
Ruben Ochandiano Ray X
Tamar Novas Diego
Ángela Molina Madre de Lena
Chus Lampreave Portera
Kiti Manver Madame Mylene
Lola Dueñas Lectora de Labios
Mariola Fuentes Edurne
Carmen Machi Chon
Kira Miro Modelo
Alejo Sauras Alex
Rossy de Palma Julieta

Technical Credits
Pedro Almodóvar Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Agustín Almodóvar Executive Producer
Guillermo Escribano Asst. Director
Esther Garcia Producer
Antxon Gomez Art Director
Sonia Grande Costumes/Costume Designer
Pelayo Gutierrez Sound Editor
Alberto Iglesias Score Composer
Victor Molero Art Director
Luis San Narciso Casting
Toni Novella Production Manager
Marc Orts Sound/Sound Designer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Miguel Rejas Sound/Sound Designer
José Salcedo Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Broken Embraces
1. Scene 1 [8:15]
2. Scene 2 [2:42]
3. Scene 3 [3:55]
4. Scene 4 [2:19]
5. Scene 5 [4:18]
6. Scene 6 [6:57]
7. Scene 7 [3:45]
8. Scene 8 [6:45]
9. Scene 9 [3:53]
10. Scene 10 [2:42]
11. Scene 11 [4:45]
12. Scene 12 [3:31]
13. Scene 13 [5:00]
14. Scene 14 [3:48]
15. Scene 15 [3:17]
16. Scene 16 [4:58]
17. Scene 17 [4:15]
18. Scene 18 [3:06]
19. Scene 19 [5:30]
20. Scene 20 [2:44]
21. Scene 21 [4:44]
22. Scene 22 [3:24]
23. Scene 23 [:02]
24. Scene 24 [4:43]
25. Scene 25 [7:09]
26. Scene 26 [6:14]
27. Scene 27 [3:10]
28. Scene 28 [5:11]

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