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Running Time:
2 hours, 7 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for sexual content, language and some drug material.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A stylish, satirical and intriguing drama exploring themes of ambition, jealousy and betrayal and featuring another dazzling performance by Penelope Cruz.

Additional Info:
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

Broken Embraces
Broken Embraces with Penélope Cruz 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.

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