There’s really no point in trying to explain the plot of an Almodovar film as the pleasure lies more in the pageantry, not the resolution. Suffice to say it uses a series of flashbacks to tell the story of a love triangle between a director, a business tycoon, and the tycoon’s mistress who has dreams of becoming a movie star. Once again the Spanish master has created a whirling technicolour celebration that makes you fall in love with cinema all over again. From the richly embellished sets to the sharp savvy script there is very little here to disappoint. As usual, Almodovar populates his stage with beautiful men and women, sympathetically portrayed with all their faults and strengths intact as they try to make sense of their increasingly complicated lives. And of course the cinematography is brilliant; a huge still life overlooks a frozen relationship, a car drives through a lunar landscape of cratered dirt, and a couple makes passionate love while completely wrapped up in a sheet. In one particularly inspired scene the mistress delivers some distressing news to her benefactor using a combination of video footage and lip-synching. But the real delight in this latest offering is the many subtle nods Pedro gives to his previous works, culminating in an uproarious “remake” of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Pure Almodovar, hence pure enjoyment.
La trama es un poco predecible y simple para mi gusto.
I really liked Penelope Cruz in this movie.
This film might have been a 3 star film were it 30 to 40 minutes shorter or even a 4 star film had it been made in the 1960s, or even the 1980s. But as it is, it is way too long, and rather trivial, which adds up to a boring film with a few redeeming qualities.
Broken embraces is a movie about another movie. The subject of the other movie is a tragic-comedy. The real screenplay is base on an impossible love affair between the producer, writer and “la amante du producer/businessman”. Jealousy is the key of the entire movie! We have a passage from the side of the writer between the future and the past: memories that come alive after many years, and of course a crime...
Pedro Almodovar uses the same elements in every movie - a birth, a death, an addict, an obsession, a cross-dresser, and an inter-generational love affair, to name a few. He manages to tell a different, fascinating story every time. This is a visually stunning film, which left me feeling hopeful. Life doesn't always go according to your plans. The power to make the best of what you have lies within us.
Fair – Broken Embraces (2009) 127 min. [Foreign - Spanish] Broken Embraces enfolds in two time frames; the present and a time 14 years prior. The film may work for a lot of viewers especially those fans of the director Pedro Almodóvar or Penelope Cruz but I found that it failed in many regards; namely a vehicle to entertain. The plot and sub-plots are not very effective and left me wanting so much more.
Vraiment pas du calibre des autres films d'Almodovar. Les éléments qui faisaient avancer le scénario m'ont semblé vraiment forcés.
Too coy & narcissistic & a far cry from Almodóvar's usual brilliance.
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