Monday, September 21, 2009

Broken Embraces (2009) DVDSCR

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 not only lost 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. In the present day, Harry Caine lives thanks to the scripts he writes and to the help he gets from his faithful former production manager, Judit GarcÃ*a, and from Diego, her son, his secretary, typist and guide. Since he decided to live and tell stories, Harry is an active, attractive blind man who has developed all his other senses in order to enjoy life, on a basis of irony and self-induced amnesia. He has erased from his biography any trace of his first identity, Mateo Blanco. One night Diego has an accident and Harry takes care of him (his mother, Judit, is out of Madrid and they decide not to tell her anything so as not to alarm her). During the first nights of his convalescence, Diego asks him about the time when he answered to the name of Mateo Blanco, after a moment of astonishment Harry can¿t refuse and he tells Diego what happened fourteen years before with the idea of entertaining him, just as a father tells his little child a story so that he¿ll fall asleep. The story of Mateo, Lena, Judit and Ernesto Martel is a story of ¿amour fou¿, dominated by fatality, jealously, the abuse of power, treachery and a guilt complex. A moving and terrible story, the most expressive image of which is the photo of two lovers embracing, torn into a thousand pieces.

Also Known As:
Los abrazos rotos - original title
Broken Embraces (International: English title) (UK) (USA)
Broken Hugs (USA) (literal English title)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Release Date: 18 March 2009 (Spain)
Genre: Drama | Thriller
MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material.
Runtime: 127 min
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish | English

Penélope Cruz ... Lena
Lluís Homar ... Mateo Blanco / Harry Caine
Blanca Portillo ... Judit García
José Luis Gómez ... Ernesto Martel
Tamar Novas ... Diego
Rubén Ochandiano ... Ray X
Marta Aledo ... Maribel
Agustín Almodóvar
Enrique Aparicio
Yuyi Beringola ... Recepcionista Cinearte
Javier Coll
Juan Bautista Cucarella
Sabine Daigeler (as Bina Daigeler)
Sergio Díaz ... Ayudante de dirección
Lola Dueñas ... Lectora de labios
Lyng Dyrup
Viviana Espinoza
Asier Etxeandia ... Camarero ciego



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