Broken Embraces (2009): Pedro Almodóvar’s homage to filmmaking

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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Broken Embraces (2009): Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s homage to filmmaking.


About A Potpourri of Vestiges

Murtaza Ali is an independent film critic, sports writer, and content developer based out of Delhi. He is the author of the movie blog ‘A Potpourri of Vestiges’. He has been writing movie reviews at IMDb.COM for over four years. He is also associated with F1India.ORG as a content editor. Cinema is not only his passion, but also his greatest obsession. His all-time favorite movie-makers are Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Luis Bunuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray, Fritz Lang, Sergio Leonne, Francis Ford Cuppola, and Martin Scorsese.
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2 Responses to Broken Embraces (2009): Pedro Almodóvar’s homage to filmmaking

  1. vinnieh says:

    Excellent post, I’ll have to see this film.

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