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Broken Embraces(Los abrazos rotos)

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Spain

2009

Rated R • 2h 7m

Director Pedro Almodóvar

Starring Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez

Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller

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Harry Caine is a blind screenwriter who reaches the moment in his life when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and had fallen in love with the lead actress, Lena. Past and present combine in this thrilling film.

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Village Voice by

Indeed, three decades into his career as a name-brand fashioner of zesty soapers, Spanish cinema's most beloved export could direct un film de Almodóvar with his eyes shut and still get a rise out of his fans. So who could blame the matador for letting the bull run the show this time?
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Variety by Jonathan Holland

A restless, rangy and frankly enjoyable genre-juggler that combines melodrama, comedy and more noir-hued darkness than ever before, the picture is held together by the extraordinary force of Almodovar’s cinematic personality.
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Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Watching the new film is like getting upsettingly full on insubstantial tapas: You would never say no to just one more, but there’s better.
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The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

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 Almodóvar’s trademark since his mid-’90s reinvention.
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Empire by Kim Newman

Gorgeous and seductive, if pitched at Almodóvar fans and perhaps a touch long. Those drawn by Cruz’s divadom will wonder why it takes so long to get to her -- though she is wholly dazzling when it does.
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Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound. And Almodóvar, a true poet of cinema, creates images -- horrifying and healing -- that live inside your head like a waking dream. You want to miss a movie like that? I didn’t think so.
90

Salon by Stephanie Zacharek

This really is Cruz's movie: Almodóvar is her North Star -- following his lead, she's always found her surest and most graceful footing as an actress.

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