2 hours, 7 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sexual content, language and some drug material.
Penélope Cruz ... Lena
Lluís Homar ... Mateo/Harry
Blanca Portillo ... Judit García
José Luis Gómez ... Ernesto
Rubén Ochandiano ... Ray X
Tamar Novas ... Diego
Ángela Molina ... Lena's Mother
Chus Lampreave ... Concierge
| Fourteen years ago Harry Caine (Lluís Homar) was in a horrible automobile crash on the island of
Lanzarote. In the accident, he not only lost his sight, he also lost
Lena (Penélope Cruz), the love of his life. This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a
comic pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and
scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and uses in
the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself
to his pseudonym, Harry Caine.
If he can't direct films he can only
survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his
beloved Lena. In the present day, Harry Caine lives thanks to the
scripts he writes and to the help he gets from his faithful former
production manager, Judit Garcia (Blanca Portillo), and from Diego (Tamar Novas), her son, his
secretary, typist and guide. Since he decided to live and tell stories,
Harry is an active, attractive blind man who has developed all his
other senses in order to enjoy life, on a basis of irony and
self-induced amnesia. He has erased from his biography any trace of his
first identity, Mateo Blanco.
One night Diego has an accident and Harry
takes care of him since his mother, Judit, is away and they decide
not to tell her about it so as not to upset her. During the first
nights of his convalescence, Diego asks about the time when Harry
answered to the name of Mateo Blanco, and after a moment of astonishment he can't refuse, so he tells Diego what happened fourteen years
before with the idea of keeping him entertained. The story is dominated
by fatality, jealously, the abuse of power, treachery and a guilt. It's a moving but really terrible story.
Nevertheless, there’s a goodly amount of humor in Broken Embraces directed by Pedro Almodovar ("Volver"), as the story shifts in time
from 1992 to 2008, from Madrid to Ibiza to the unusual, lava-soaked
Spanish island of Lanzarote. Although it might not be his finest film ever, it's still stylish, satirical, and always entertaining.