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Broken Embraces [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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As is sometimes the case with films by Pedro Almodóvar, it's not so much the main story that's important, rather it's the little stories built around it that hold the attention and entertain. In essence this is a tale of a blind man talking about a tragedy that took place 14 years earlier and which since then he has tried to blot out of his mind. That tragedy was the loss of his sight, and at the same time the loss of his lover. So you might think that doesn't sound particularly exciting, but there's a lot more to this film than the plot. It's about the relationships between the various leading and supporting characters. It's about abuse of power, lust, jealousy, the desire to seek revenge, and the suppression of loss and regret. Few of these points refer to leading lady Penelope Cruz, however, who plays Magdalena - or Lena as she is more often called - instead her role is relatively passive even if much of what happens revolves around her.
The film is told from two time perspectives - 2008 and (mostly) 1994. Back then, wannabe actress Lena finds herself the mistress of the very wealthy but much older power broker Ernesto Martel who allows her to pursue her dream of becoming a screen star, but in that process Lena meets and falls in love with successful film director Mateo Blanco. So begins, back in the 1990s, a love struggle between the two men, one which leads to what might have been regarded as an inevitable tragedy but for the fact that the viewer is made aware of it early on when Mateo (or Harry Caine as he now calls himself) makes reference to the life-changing moment.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this film - a little different to the norm with good cinematography.Published 20 months ago by Lisselle
A very good film, Penelope is always good in her Spanish films, far better than when acting in English films; probably because
iEnglisn not being her first language?
To be honest I'd give it 5 stars just for Miguel Poveda's "A ciegas" but I really enjoyed the film tooPublished 23 months ago by Trionon
Great plot, beautiful imagery, excellent acting. Almodovar is not for everybody, but if you like his work, you won't be disappointed.Published on 21 Jun. 2014 by L. Fuentenebro