Broken Embraces Trailer
Broken hearts and broken legs. 30 pounds of cocaine, great ass and great feet. You think I am talking of another Penelope Cruz film. “Blow” perhaps. No! My friends. This Spanish film has all that. Well, in some form or another.
This film tells several stories. One set in 2008 and another set in 1994. And the supporting stories that tie it all together. In the present time Harry Caine (Luis Homar) is a blind screen writer with a past he and his manager dare not speak of. When a ghost from the past rears his head. The memories from 14 years earlier are revealed. Harry Caine was at that time Mateo Blanco. A famous director and working on a comedy. He casted Lena (Penelope Cruz) to play the lead role. Lena is the mistress of a Ernesto Martel (Jose Luis Gomez). Ernesto is the producer and the financial backer for the film. Ernesto asks his son to document the making of the film. Just to insure Lena is not having an affair with Mateo. But eventually the affair is discovered. And Lena and Mateo leave Madrid and the film behind. But Ernesto releases a horrible version of the film to ruin Mateo’s career. While on their hiatus. Lena and Mateo are in a horrific accident. Mateo loses his sight and his love. Thus sparking Mateo to leave that life behind. And become his alias Harry Caine.
There is so much to this film. It would be impossible for me to write it all down. I can say that I never quite enjoyed Miss Cruz. Nor did I ever find her “all that”. But, this film may have changed my mind. This witty, layered, smart and sad film is worth seeing.