• Broken Embraces (2009)

Broken Embraces

Release Date: November 20th, 2009

DVD Release Date: March 16th, 2010

R |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

The death of Ernesto Martel (José Luis Gómez) sets off a chain of events that forces one man to come to terms with his past. Before he went blind, Harry Caine was Mateo Blanco (Lluís Homar), a film director who often worked with Ernesto. Ten years ago, Ernesto and Mateo's friendship became a battle for Lena (Penélope Cruz), Ernesto's mistress and Mateo's secret object of affection. When the former recruits his son (Rubén Ochandiano) to spy on the latter, things quickly spiral out of control.

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas, Rubén Ochandiano, Marta Aledo, Agustín Almodóvar

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Genres: Drama , Thriller

Production Co: El Deseo S.A.

Keywords: Death , 2010s , Office , Son , Temptation , Love triangle , House , Transformation , 1990s , Melodramatic , Rivalry , Suspenseful , Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    This is a pretty minor film from the filmmaker. It feels like more of an exercise in plotting and movie nostalgia than a story about real people. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Mr. Almodóvar's love of movies informs every frame of this beautiful film. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    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

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language