Broken Embraces (2009)

Broken EmbracesIt is really funny: Pedro Almodóvar was not of my favorite directors. Although I did enjoy the movies I’ve seen because of their anarchic approach and exaggeration of human figures, after a couple of days, it was hard  for me to remember the movie as a whole. Was I missing the main idea? May be. “Broken embraces” is however a different movie. The funny thing is that it triggered me to start writing this blog.

One will find in the movie the “usual” Almodóvar hilarious discussions between its characters :). But this is not the strong point of the movie. This movie really touched me for several reasons. It is a movie about love and obsession which takes away love’s very essence. About people and passion. About misconceptions and misunderstandings. About the truth, which when revealed, is healing people. About having in life a second chance when one thinks everything is lost. A well written story, like a thriller, a puzzle which reveals its parts, its links and dependencies along the way, doing so in a majestic way, without getting the spectator tired of the back-and-forth in time.

What may I say about the film’s photography? There are scenes that may stand alone as photographs, as paintings. Well, I did admire those…

I enjoyed every actor’s performance. But Blanca Portillo was really amazing.
From another point of view, it is a movie which partially talks about a movie! Who knows if Douglas Hofstadter is a movie fan: if he is, may be he would put in GEB another section about movies addressing the concept of recursion!

But do not let this last comment put you off-track :). If you have not seen the movie, do see it! Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

My rating: 10/10

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So, finally, the dice are thrown! Instead of writing my thoughts about movies I’ve seen in emails, an attempt for a blog is made. It did cross my mind several times but seems that this was the time to do it :). We’ll see how it goes…