Broken Embraces

I don't get Almodovar. I've seen few of his films, and have never come away satisfied. Are we supposed to relate to the characters, identify with them, as we normally do in a routine film?

Almodovar does not seem to me to abide by the usual rules of Hollywood continuity. If so, is this is meant to be a good thing, in his case? Scenes often begin in mid-closeup, with no establishing shot or track in - just straight into the middle of the scene, in medias res. Is this just his 'style', and another good thing?

There's a movie in a movie in this. Apparently the one inside is meant to be a comedy. I suppose that means that the frame movie is not. Maybe.

This is apparently supposed to show the director's love of cinema. It left me with a love of nothing except going to bed.

Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.

Penélope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portillo

Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar, 2009)


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