Copyright © Fandango. Its consensus states "Pedro Almodóvar's fourth film with Penélope Cruz isn't his finest work, but he brings his signature visual brilliance to this noirish tale, and the cast turns in some first-class performances." by Lex Walker Pedro Almodovar has a knack for creating visceral films all the more powerful for appealing to the viewer's simpler capabilities. In another life, when he could still see, he was known as Mateo Blanco, a filmmaker of some repute. Broken Embraces: On General Release Friday 28th August 2009 Pedro Almodovar once confessed to becoming a little enamored with Penelope Cruz, the leading lady of his last feature Volver during filming. This is Ray, a sulky gay man played by Rubén Ochandiano, looking in the 90s like someone David Walliams might portray in a TV   comedy called Little Spain. I was delighted to watch "Broken Embraces", although it did seem to get off to a slow start. By. Review In A Nutshell: If I started my journey with Almodovar with Broken Embraces, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to explore further into his filmography. But coming from a master like Almodovar, one can't help but … Broken Embraces moves us with flashes of real beauty. The sensual pleasures of Pedro Almodóvar's lush new meta-melodrama are the more intense for being fleeting. Pedro Almodovar's latest … TweetEmail TweetEmail BROKEN EMBRACES, a tragic new romance from Spanish director/writer Pedro Almodovár, fits the bill for adventurous filmgoers seeking something different this time of year when Christmas blockbusters are still monopolizing screens. Don't have an account? "Broken Embraces" Review : I have heard Pedro Almodovar described as an acquired taste. Cruz delivers a role with wit and elegance, but there's a vacuum sapping the energy she tries to offer. In the way of so many Almodóvar films, Broken Embraces is built on a system of dual narrative with father/son and gay/straight opposites. Indeed, Broken Embraces mirrors our own - but brightly. As I mentioned in my review of Bad Education, Almodovar films, like those of many internationally respected directors, are judged by different standards. Robert Barry wonders if this latest Penelope Cruz vehicle sees the legendary director building on past greatness or … Broken Embraces is not a bad movie. Almodóvar and Cruz fail to engage this time around. But behind the style is disappointing substance, a melodramatic story that's as old as Hollywood. It marks a continuation of his infatuation with (a) bold primary colours and (b) Penelope Cruz. Broken Embraces shows Almodóvar at his most self-indulgent and self-referential... [but] the film's cinematography is bewitching and Cruz has never been more incandescently gorgeous. The rest of the movie reveals how Harry became blind. “Broken Embraces’’ is drunk on its divinely sexy and sinister compositions. Especially in the first hour, his lifting of the lid off each new Petrushka doll gives palpable pleasure to the audience. Superbly done. Broken Embraces is not a bad movie. Playing an unhappily married actress portraying an Audrey Hepburn -like waif in the movie within this Spanish-language movie, she’s able to access a gamut of expressions with a tilt of her head and an upturn of her mouth. Mirror's Image: Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces Review Robert Barry , August 26th, 2009 09:48 Almodovar's latest is a slick and seductive film about filmmaking. Broken Embraces is a cool, melancholic movie, only occasionally funny, and highly erotic in a rather chilly manner. The movie confesses its obsession upfront. The thoroughly strange "Restaurant without a View" is a drastically different take on Mateo's birthday dinner, one that awkwardly enables his only friends to experience something … In another life, when he could still see, he was known as Mateo Blanco, a filmmaker of some repute. Film Review - Broken Embraces November 19, 2009. After the movie is over and the trance has lifted, it is difficult to recall just what was so entrancing or even what the film was about. Broken Embraces was released in 2009 and has generally received positive reviews. With his usual excellent cast, and of-late muse Penelope … Quite the contrary, it is a perfectly respectabl, solid effort. From his signature "primary colors" sets to outright re-enactments of certain scenes in "Women", it was great acting and a lot of fun. Broken Embraces (DVD Review) 15 Mar, 2010 By: Mike Clark. These flashbacks disclose dark secrets. And with his editor, José Salcedo, he moves back and forth between the past and the present with a miraculous fluidity, and these seamless transitions are what induce the film's pleasurably dizzy, woozy quality, a subtle molestation of the audience's inner ear. This is a world in which the warm spontaneity of a Marilyn Monroe would not have wide room to breathe. Photograph: © Emilio Pereda/Paola Ardizzoni. Meanwhile Martel, played with tailored elegance by José Luis Gómez, orders his moody son to spy on the couple with his videocamera under the pretence of preparing a "making of" documentary. Broken Embraces is a sometimes distant film that gains immediacy from Almodóvar’s supremely confident visual style and the rush of its stories inside stories. It's an embrace I want to submit to. But somehow, instead of setting up house in our memory it departs quickly and lightly when it is done. That is not to say that it is a bad film. He uses his typical ways of directing, which have by now become his trademark. From his signature "primary colors" sets to outright re-enactments of certain scenes in "Women", it was great acting and a lot of fun. The sheer, gorgeous style of Broken Embraces is what is so seductive; with his cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, Almodóvar conjures a vivid, … Street 3/16/10 Sony Pictures Drama Box Office $4.7 million $28.96 DVD, $34.95 Blu-ray Rated ‘R’ for sexual content, language and some drug material. Broken Embraces hardly finds Almodóvar in quite that territory; but it is now not unthinkable that such territory lies in wait. I was delighted to watch "Broken Embraces", although it did seem to get off to a slow start. That is not to say that it is a bad film. Quite the contrary, it is a perfectly respectabl, solid effort. And I was very delighted to see all the "call backs" to "Women On The Verge" in this film. Overall, cinema-goers and film critics broadly agree on the merits of the movie, with critics giving it an average score of 75% and users giving an average score of 74%. The rest of the movie reveals how Harry became blind. Lluís Homar plays a blind screenwriter in present-day Madrid with the assumed name "Harry Caine"; while still sighted, he was once a distinguished movie director working under his real name, Mateo Blanco. Mirror's Image: Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces Review Robert Barry , August 26th, 2009 09:48 Almodovar's latest is a slick and seductive film about filmmaking. But Broken Embraces shows Almodóvar in a rather Hitchcockian mode of controlled play, opaque and melancholy psychological ripples, and intermittent threat. Pedro Almodóvar reunites with Penélope Cruz for a … Pedro Almodóvar embroiders his career themes – with the help of a hyper-beautiful Penélope Cruz, says Peter Bradshaw, Broken Embraces. Nick Schager. Now that he’s become blind, he has taken on the persona of his alter-ego, Harry. So one could speak of Broken Embraces.Pedro Almodovar, as an educated cinephile having assimilated his influences well, from Hitchcock to Eisenstein, while passing by Rossellini and himself, delivers a film noir of protean richness. 11 years ago. The plot slowly unravels itself in a way that would make Hitchcock proud. The streak continues with "Broken Embraces," though with less force. Robin's Review: B. Harry Caine (Lluis Homar) is blind, a screenwriter and not whom he seems to be. Um dos piores trabalhos de Almodóvar, aqui totalmente entregue à auto-indulgência, ao melodrama barato e às caricaturas (o que não é novidade), mas sem a sensibilidade costumeira que normalmente contrabalança seus excessos. Fate, though, took his sight and the love of his life, Lena (Penelope Cruz) in “Broken Embraces.” The sheer, gorgeous style of Broken Embraces is what is so seductive; with his cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, Almodóvar conjures a vivid, rich palette of colours, which have the texture of something by Alfred Hitchcock or Douglas Sirk, but his handling of the material is so confident and distinctive that it goes beyond pastiche. For Broken Embraces, however, the heat seems to have cooled.If Volver was the peak of the Almodovar/Cruz collaboration, then Broken Embraces is the beginning of the descent down the other side of the mountain. A melodrama painted in the saffron-and-turmeric hues of a Bollywood musical, Broken Embraces is the Spanish filmmaker's homage to Hitchcock's "Vertigo," that moody account of obsessional love and double lives. If the "mature" period of Almodóvar's career is levelling out, it is still producing intensely intelligent and watchable films, although observers are entitled to notice that Almodóvar is keen to stress the sexual attractiveness and prowess of older men. Broken Embraces Review. Sensual and stylish, BROKEN EMBRACES showcases Cruz’s many gifts, both physical and professional. Fate, though, took his sight and the love of his life, Lena (Penelope Cruz) in “Broken Embraces.” 'Broken Embraces' is a really, really great little movie. So much for a film that tries too hard to be original. ; HD): Broken Embraces' reel of deleted scenes features three distinct sets of footage, and first among them is a failed attempt by a figure in Mateo's past to reconnect with him. In fact, at times, it's a good movie. Broken Embraces is a good film from a reliably thoughtful filmmaker. Read full review Broken Embraces is a foreign film from the highly acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar about passion and obsession. Almodovar, it seems, is one of the few directors working today capable of such extremes without resorting to unnecessary histrionics. Broken Embraces is loaded with the kind of incident that makes other filmmakers seem like a plain chicken dinner next to the all-you-can-eat international smorgasbord of Almodóvar. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy But behind the style is disappointing substance, a melodramatic story that's as old as Hollywood. Indeed, Almodovar is a cinematic taste who truly must be acquired by anyone who professes a true love for magnificent cinema. Since her star-making turn in Volver, Cruz has evolved into a great actress, whose films the audience longs to return to: she and Almodóvar have created whole and complete worlds. Broken Embraces is a well-written story of a love so precious it hurt. Movie Review - Almodovar's 'Broken Embraces' - The Very Picture Of Romance Brace yourself: Things are about to get meta. The film has received generally positive reviews by critics; review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 81% of critics gave the film a positive rating, based on 152 reviews. As I mentioned in my review of Bad Education, Almodovar films, like those of many internationally respected directors, are judged by different standards. Being neither fantasy nor realism, but a cerebral intertwining of the two, the finished product is a truly engrossing cinematic masterpiece. Now that he’s become blind, he has taken on the persona of his alter-ego, Harry. Broken Embraces is a film in which the director demonstrates a continuing, virtuoso fluency in a cinematic language that he himself invented. Sensual and stylish, BROKEN EMBRACES showcases Cruz’s many gifts, both physical and professional. For Broken Embraces, however, the heat seems to have cooled.If Volver was the peak of the Almodovar/Cruz collaboration, then Broken Embraces is the beginning of the descent down the other side of the mountain. BROKEN EMBRACES tells the story of 50-ish Mateo (Lluis Omar), once a popular film director but now a screenwriter in the dark, a man obsessed with a doomed film project made 14 years earlier. Read the Empire Movie review of Broken Embraces. The stakes are higher with Broken Embraces, coming hot on the heels of the sensational Volver (2006, $85.5m worldwide) and boasting Almodovar’s biggest budget to date at $15m. Broken Embraces is certainly moody, and that's one of its charms. BROKEN EMBRACES is a Spanish melodrama about passion and tragedy. Broken Embraces is certainly moody, and that's one of its charms. Forgot your password? "Don't smile …" gasps the ecstatic director, "… the wig is false enough!". He hears news of the death of Ernesto Martel, a controversial Chilean financier who bankrolled his last movie as a director, and flashbacks take us to this heady period in the 1990s when in return for the plutocrat's lavish funding, Mateo cast Martel's mistress in the lead role, and had a passionate affair with her. Penélope Cruz and Lluís Homar star in Pedro Almodóvar's 'Broken Embraces' Sony Pictures Classics By Joe Morgenstern. Gorgeous and seductive, if pitched at Almodóvar fans and perhaps a touch long. Some say Broken Embraces pays homage to Hitchcock and to be sure there is here, when it comes to romance and desire, a shared sense of danger and intrigue, as well as an eye-popping colour scheme seemingly gleaned from Vertigo. Broken Embraces (DVD Review) 15 Mar, 2010 By: Mike Clark. But the production, when observed as a whole with the director's name attached, is a disappointment. Part film noir, part anthology film, part Douglas Sirk-like melodrama; it's Pedro Almodóvar and his muse Penélope Cruz firing on all cylinders. And I was very delighted to see all the "call backs" to "Women On The Verge" in this film. Broken Embraces seems to be a typical Almadovar film - which is very good, to say the least. It currently holds a score of 76 (generally favorable reviews) on Metacritic. Time Out says. All rights reserved. Stars Penélope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Bianca Portillo. Review. 4 out of 5 stars. It is shot in a way that you not only are watching one Almodovar film but two as there … Talk to Her offered a story about the incredible power of speech and how it can connect people while driving others apart. Continues the director's streak of reliably elegant, original works, making the case, once again, that there are few other European directors working today who can match his particular blend of thought-provoking, artful, yet wholly accessible cinema. 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