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Broken Embraces


Spain, 2009., 128’


Pedro Almodóvar


Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo


A man  lives and works  in the darkness. He was the victim of a brutal car accident fourteen years ago. Not only did he lose his sight, but also the woman of his life, Lena. The man has two names, One of them is Harry Caine, a recreational pseudonym The other is Mateo Blanco, his real name, the one he uses on a daily basis as well as to sign the films he directs. After the accident, Mateo becomes his pseudonym, Harry Caine. But, one night his friend Diego has an accident and Harry must look after him. In the long night of sitting up with the boy, he tells him of his past as if it was a story, in this case, painful autobiography. A story portrayed by a photo of a couple of lovers embracing, Mateo and Lena. A photo someone has torn up into a thousand pieces, with the resulting broken embraces.

Pedro Almodóvar was born in 1949 in poor spanish area La Mancha. In 1968 he moved to Madrid an soon he earned enough money to buy a little Super 8  camera. Starts to shoot short movies. In 1970-ies becomes a star of pop cultural movement La Movida. His first long feature is „Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del monton”. ( 1980) Today almodovar is two time Oscar winner and directorial icon. His movies are legendary and popular:”Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, “Matador”,  “Kika”, “All about my mother”, “Talk to her “and “Bad Education”.