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. show more
Mr. Almodóvar's love of movies informs every frame of this beautiful film. show more
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. show more
Interesting drama - worth watching, but not a great film
I love Pedro Almodovar films - but this one was just not good. Broken Embraces had all the Almodovar elements - the quirky characters with their neurosis, the wacky narrative, and the colorful scene designs - but, despite all of that, it felt more like a shell of his earlier movies.
Granted that I'm not totally familiar with Director Almodovar, but I found Broken Embraces totally boring. Maybe the Spanish would find it "hot stuff" but the plot is disjoined that situations are presented that have absolutely no relevance to the storyline. A gay son with a gay bedroom scene? Why??? Made no sense as to why Almodovar would insert this. It went nowhere. The same effect could have been had by making the son simply angry with the father for general principles. And this was only one thing that made no sense. At one point the two prinicipals were returning to Madrid at night dropped off the face of the earth for a tryst. At a round-about they stop for a lingering kiss? Please. Middle aged people don't do that. I keep thinking, "What were all these major reviewers smokin' when they wrote their overflowing reviews?"