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Broken Embraces (2009)

Los abrazos rotos (original title)
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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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broken Embraces  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,111, 22 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,014,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,991,660
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The sex scene between Penélope Cruz and José Luis Gómez was changed on set. When they were going to shoot, Pedro Almodóvar decided to start the scene with the couple having sex under the sheets, so the audience didn't know for a while if Lena was having sex with Mateo or Ernesto. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
[in Spanish, quoting English subtitles]
Modelo: What's your name?
Mateo Blanco: Harry Caine.
[voiceover]
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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Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.46 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

A ciegas
Written by Juan Quintero, Rafael de León and Manuel L. Quiroga
Performed by Miguel Poveda
Arranged by Alberto Iglesias
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Another great Almodovar film.
30 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is a very complex thriller, but also very rewarding. This is director Pedro Almodovar's film with the broadest spectrum. There are numerous plot's and subplots and it all seems a bit confusing, but once again, Almodovar brilliantly pulls it all together by the films end. Penelope Cruz is radiantly beautiful and gives her usual excellent performance. Lluis Homar, Blanca Portillo and Jose Luis Gomez give superb performances. Almodovar is so amazingly visual, and there are several unforgettable images in Broken Embraces. The characters develop so incredibly well and the blending of all the stories is so striking to watch. Superbly done.


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