Broken Embraces

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Synopsis:
A luminous Penélope Cruz stars as an actress who sacrifices everything for true love in BROKEN EMBRACES, Academy Award® -winning filmmaker (2003, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her) Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed tale of sex, secrets and cinema. When her father becomes gravely ill, beautiful Lena (Cruz) consents to a relationship with her boss Ernesto (José Luis Gómez), a very wealthy, much-older man who pays for her father's hospitalization and provides her a lavish lifestyle. But Lena's dream is to act and soon she falls for the director of her first film - a project bankrolled by her husband to keep her near. Upon his discovery of the affair, Ernesto stops at nothing to ruin Lena's happiness.

Genre: Foreign Films
Director: Theatrical Release: 2009
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 127 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Synopsis:
A luminous Penélope Cruz stars as an actress who sacrifices everything for true love in BROKEN EMBRACES, Academy Award® -winning filmmaker (2003, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her) Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed tale of sex, secrets and cinema. When her father becomes gravely ill, beautiful Lena (Cruz) consents to a relationship with her boss Ernesto (José Luis Gómez), a very wealthy, much-older man who pays for her father's hospitalization and provides her a lavish lifestyle. But Lena's dream is to act and soon she falls for the director of her first film - a project bankrolled by her husband to keep her near. Upon his discovery of the affair, Ernesto stops at nothing to ruin Lena's happiness.

After LIVE FLESH, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, and VOLVER, director Pedro Almod?var and his muse Pen?lope Cruz unite for a fourth time with this drama. Here, Almod?var delves into noir style to tell a tale of a man (BAD EDUCATION?s Lluis Homar) with dual identities who tries to compartmentalize his life after he loses his love (Cruz) and his sight in a car crash.;

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Lluis Homar - Actor, BAD EDUCATION (2004)
Lola Due?as - Spanish Actor, FRIENDS HAVE REASONS (2000)
Carlos Leal - Actor
Ruben Ochandiano - Actor
Rossy De Palma - Actor/Don Juan My Love
Agustin Almodovar -
Blanca Portillo - Actor, SOLO MIA
Tamar Novas - Actor, THE SEA INSIDE (2004)
Kiti Manver - Star, TAKE MY EYES (2006)
Chus Lampreave - Spanish Actress
Rodrigo Prieto - Director of Photography, AMORES PERROS (2001)
Alberto Iglesias - Composer, TAKE MY EYES (2006)
Hollywood Reporter
05/19/2009
"[T]horoughly engrossing....Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography is exquisite from the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote to the many finely appointed interiors."
Total Film
07/23/2009
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film's full of fine performances -- not least Cruz....There's much to enjoy here..."
Rolling Stone
09/17/2009
"It's hot-blooded, haunting and totally embraceable."
USA Today
11/20/2009
"As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, BROKEN EMBRACES is a visual delight."
Wall Street Journal
11/20/2009
"[A] film that serves as a love letter to the movies, and a demonstration of the medium's mysterious power....Mr. Almodovar always loves to play games, thicken textures, keeps us enthralled by keeping us guessing."
Rolling Stone
11/26/2009
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound."
New York Times
11/20/2009
"The visual and aural textures are lush and sensual, as we've come to expect from Mr. Almodovar, and yet the rich colors and deep sonorities somehow illuminate an unusually austere emotional terrain."
A.V. Club
11/19/2009
"BROKEN EMBRACES welds Douglas Sirk melodrama to the most gracefully unsettling elements of Alfred Hitchcock, wrapping both in the stylish, hushed elegance that's become Almodovar's trademark since his mid-'90s reinvention." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly
11/27/2009
"A vibrant, mature love letter to the making of movies, the meaning of movies, and the dark-eyed muse Penelope Cruz..." -- Grade: A-
Box Office
11/24/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "[R]avishing to watch. It's a sheer indulgence for Almod?var and just as indulgent for his fans."
Los Angeles Times
12/11/2009
"The writer-director is up to his old tricks, creating an onion of an experience -- a movie within a movie within a movie, irony in each layer, poignancy that stings and whimsy that bites."
Chicago Sun-Times
12/16/2009
4 stars out of 4 -- "BROKEN EMBRACES is a voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath."
Chicago Sun-Times
12/27/2009
Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "Dripping with primary colors, especially red, this is the year's most sumptuous film."
Washington Post
12/18/2009
"This is Cruz and Almodovar's fourth movie together, and it's a dizzyingly intricate genre-bender that expands upon the Spanish auteur's recurring obsession with movie love..."
Uncut
08/24/2009
3 stars out of 5 -- "The film takes in an opulently shot interlude on Lanzarote, as well as nods to Hitchcock...Warhol's paintings and Almodovar's own early style."

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