REVIEW: “Broken Embraces” (***)

Posted by · 11:45 am · July 17th, 2009

Mateo Blanco, the fictitious, sightless filmmaker who is both the ostensible hero of Pedro Almodóvar’s 17th feature film, “Broken Embraces,” and a highly refracted alter ego of Almodóvar himself, runs his career by one golden principle: “no sequels, remakes or biopics.” This statement, hammered home to Blanco (Lluis Homar) by his long-serving agent Judit (Blanca […]

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‘A rollicking struggle, a joy to watch’

Posted by · 6:08 pm · March 18th, 2009

Breathe, my fellow Almodovar devotees — the first reviews for “Broken Embraces” are in. While they’re not unqualified raves, it would appear that the master has pushed himself into new and challenging tonal and thematic territory, and the critics are duly appreciative. Screen International’s Barry Byrne suggests that it will delight fans and befuddle others, […]

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Película negra

Posted by · 3:34 pm · March 7th, 2009

I’m sure many of you by now have seen the gorgeous European poster artwork for Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming “Broken Embraces,” in all its lurid Warholian variations. (If you haven’t, Nat Rogers has the lot here.) Now, even more enticingly, we have the first full-length Spanish trailer for the film, an expansion of sorts of the […]

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A soupçon of ‘Broken Embraces’

Posted by · 6:35 pm · February 19th, 2009

Thanks to Nat Rogers for pointing out this new teaser for Pedro Almodovar’s upcoming Penelope Cruz-starrer “Broken Embraces.” I do mean “teaser,” by the way — it’s under 30 seconds long, with no betrayal of dialogue or plot — but if, like me, this is your most anticipated film of 2009, you take what you […]

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Nice to be wrong: actresses who changed my mind

Posted by · 7:47 am · December 20th, 2008

Having been a film critic for more than a quarter of a century now (my God) and a film junkie for more than 40 years, I have never gotten over the joy of surprise when an actor or actress comes out of left field with a performance of such brilliance it eliminates every single bad […]

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‘Broken’ beauty

Posted by · 6:27 am · September 2nd, 2008

The news that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights to “Broken Embraces,” the latest from Spanish master Pedro Almodovar, isn’t really much of a story. After all, SPC have handled Almodovar’s last nine features, and after the success of “Volver,” why would they stop now? However, it does provide a nice excuse to post this […]

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