Broken Embraces is a 2009 romantic-drama-cum-thriller film directed by celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. The movie stars Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, and José Luis Gómez in pivotal roles. A haunting tale of love, Pedro Almodóvar ‘s Broken Embraces can be best described as a strange yet intriguing work of cinema.
Broken Embraces highlight’s Almodóvar’s love for filmmaking as well the medium, which is underlined by the following line spoken by the movie’s protagonist: “No, what matters is to finish it. Films have to be finished, even if you do it blindly.” Almodóvar clearly is not the first filmmaker to pay homage to cinema. Time and time again, filmmakers have used their films to express their overwhelming love for the medium: be it Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Woody Allen, Giuseppe Tornatore, Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Altman, or Martin Scorsese.
Broken Embraces serves to be a guilty pleasure, if not more. The best ways to savor Broken Embraces is to either treat it as a homage to filmmaking or to look upon it as a exercise in style. Broken Embraces proves to be a great film viewing experience for Almodóvar fans and also for those who understand and appreciate powerful world cinema.
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