Where there's one Pedro Almodovar, there's usually Penélope Cruz, and this time around is no exception. I'm not even referring to La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), which Christopher Campbell posted about in January. This is another new one, that's sending the famed director into the world of noir again after 2004's Bad Education. As Variety describes it, his next film will be Los abrazos rotos, which is as Almodovar himself says, a "four-way tale of amour-fou, shot in the style of '50s American film noir at its most hard-boiled."

Heading into pre-production after the ball drops to the new year, the film will star, of course, Penelope Cruz, along with Blanca Portillo (Volver) and Lluis Homar (Vicky Cristina Barcelona). I will include "characters who belong to the world of film," but in a '90s and current-day setting that mixes references to works like "Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place and Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and the Beautiful," with signature Almodovar themes: 'Fate, the mystery of creation, guilt, unscrupulous power, the eternal search of fathers for sons, and sons for fathers,'" as the director told Variety.

As for Cruz, she'll "exchange the era's aprons, cardigans, and the hairdos for an updated look, but one that mixes the transparent turbulence of Gene Tierney and the mistreated, challenging beauty of Linda Darnell in Otto Preminger's Fallen Angel." The director is currently finishing the script, and plans to shoot in the seasonal spring light next year. Personally, I'm hoping some of the aged noir style stays on the characters, as it can work really well even in modern pieces. How about you? Are you ready for Los abrazos rotos?
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