Broken Embraces

Roger Ebert put it best: “a voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath.” Or perhaps the devices of a De Palma – the uncoiling sinister is closer to the surface than in some of Almodóvar’s other works – but that’s not a rag on it. Broken Embraces is a movie about obsession itself, through the lens of moviemaking, writing, Madrid nightclubbing, and infidelity. Lluis Homar and Penelope Cruz lead an ensemble cast of Almodóvar regulars as a blind screenwriter recalls his tragic on-set affair with a former actress and mistress of an elderly businessman. Come for the classic Almodóvar tropes – primary colors, sex, intricate shot design – and stay for Penelope Cruz’s Audrey Hepburn impression.

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 2009, DCP, 127 min.

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