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.
A story, within a story, and around it: other stories. The whole movie is an exercise in irony. There were conflicting themes that never connected for me because of the amount of time spent in the flashback: where I wanted to stay. The film edit at the end is the best part of the movie because it takes itself as seriously as the rest of the movie should.