— by ALEXA MILAN —
Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar have worked wonders together in the past — with films like “All About My Mother” and “Volver” — and “Broken Embraces” looks like another brilliant collaboration.
The film tells the story of Mateo Blanco (Lluis Homar), a blind writer forced to confront his past. Fourteen years ago, Mateo was in a car crash in which he lost his sight and his love, Lena (Cruz). Since then, he has pushed his past aside and now goes by the name Harry Caine, the pseudonym he uses on his books and scripts.
After years of denial, he decides it’s finally time to share the story of his past, which the official synopsis from Sony Pictures Classics describes as “a story of ‘amour fou,’ dominated by fatality, jealousy, the abuse of power, treachery and a guilt complex.”
Based on the trailer, “Broken Embraces” looks like an engrossing, tragic and romantic film. Visually it looks haunting and beautiful, and it’s almost guaranteed to land a few Oscar nominations. It may not be the happiest of films, but it should be an intriguing and emotional one.
“Broken Embraces” opens in limited release Nov. 20.
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