A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he didn’t lose only his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life.
This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can’t direct films he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his beloved Lena. —Cannes Film Festival
Splashing his colorful films across the dour post-Franco Spanish landscape with the irreverent glee of a prostitute arriving late to church after a long night, Pedro Almodóvar has been called the most influential Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel. Beginning in the 1980s, Almodóvar started serving up provocative, candy-colored visions fraught with postmodernist insight into everything from sex and violence to religion and the dangers of good gazpacho. Sometimes shocking, sometimes controversial, Almodóvar’s films have always managed to present a new and intriguing view of his native country, shaping the attitudes of both his compatriots and a larger international audience.
Born September 25, 1951, in Calzada de Calatrava, an impoverished hamlet of La Mancha, Almodóvar was raised in a traditional Spanish household. He studied with Salesian monks, sang in the choir, and generally felt like a misfit; he was later to remark that, for him, growing up in such an environment was tantamount… read more
I'm not quite sure how to explain what I think about this movie except that it felt a bit "cold" (?) for an Almodóvar film. I don't think it has the usual passion, energy that his films normally show. I still liked it though.
Un grande melodramma in puro stile Almodovar.Forse non è immediato come altri suoi lavori,si sviluppa su vari livelli intrecciando varie direzioni nella trama,ma zio Pedro dosa tutto superbamente con la sua mano capace.Il buio visivo del protagonista prima che fisico è spirituale,è negazione della sua anima e di ciò che è stato;per trovare nuova luce dovrà riassemblare i suoi ricordi.Belle le citazioni cinefile.4*
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English Title: Broken Embraces
Original Title: Los Abrazos Rotos
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Writers: Pedro… read review