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Broken Embraces (2009)

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Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.

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Passion, obsession, wealth, jealousy, family, guilt, and creativity. In Madrid, Harry Caine is a blind screenwriter, assisted by Judit and her son Diego. The past comes rushing in when Harry learns of the death of Ernesto Martel, a wealthy businessman, and Ernesto's son pays Harry a visit. In a series of flashbacks to the 1990s, we see Harry, who was then Mateo Blanco, a director; he falls in love with Ernesto's mistress, Lena, and casts her in a film, which Ernesto finances. Ernesto is jealous and obsessive, sending his son to film the making of the movie, to follow Lena and Mateo, and to give him the daily footage. Judit doesn't like Lena. It's a collision course. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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15 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Broken Embraces  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£296,048 (UK) (30 August 2009)

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$5,014,305 (USA)
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The film within a film 'Girls And Suitcases' is loosely based on Pedro Almodóvar's own film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). 'Rossy De Palma' appears in both, although in different roles. See more »

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During the 1994 storyline, after Mateo is released from the hospital Judit drops him off at the beach with her son Diego. As they exit the vehicle a crew member can be seen reflected in the rear panel of the car. See more »

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[first lines]
[in Spanish, quoting English subtitles]
Modelo: What's your name?
Mateo Blanco: Harry Caine.
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Mateo Blanco: I used to be called Mateo and I was a film director. I was always tempted by the idea of being someone else, as well as myself. Living one's life wasn't enough, so I invented a pseudonym, Harry Caine, an adventurer who, as fate would have it, became a writer. I had him sign all the scripts and stories I wrote. For years, Mateo Blanco and Harry Caine shared the same body, mine. But a moment came when ...
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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Written by Uffie and Feadz
Performed by Uffie
Courtesy of Ed Banger Records
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Below par
10 September 2009 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A consistent but drifting film. It's as if the director has his mind one thing but presents the audience with another. It's a highly professional version of the one film every film maker gets to do, i.e. the somewhat indulgent, possibly biopic rumination on their life in their work.

Broken Embraces is about the film-making process: its temptations, sacrifices, politics, frustrations, contradictions and rewards. Almodovar is discreet about his own love of the medium, barring one painful trawl through his own (by extension) DVD collection. The problem is that he can't quite settle on which plot thread to make the principal story. Essentially it's a flashback tale in the life of the director- scriptwriter Mateo, played well if imperfectly by Lluís Homar. The most significant drama is his love affair with his leading lady - Cruz as muse, here in art, as in Almodovar's life. She is good, if predictable. So it goes on.

There are plot dead ends, dramatic peaks which have little precedent and go nowhere... strangely it hangs together, although I was a little bored. 4/10


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