What the Papers Say: Almodovar’s Broken Embraces

broken-embracesVariety is one of the first across the bows with a review of Pedro Almodovar‘s newest, Los Abrazos rotos/Broken Embraces, starring Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, and Ruben Ochandiano. In a blizzard of flashbacks and movie references, a blinded writer-director (Homar) is asked to write a script about his late producer by the dead man’s son (Ochandiano). Cruz appears as a prostitute/actress who enchants both men. Says Jonathan Holland:

“Partly a film about films and partly a film about love, Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” can’t quite decide where its allegiances lie. A restless, rangy and frankly enjoyable genre-juggler that combines melodrama, comedy and more noir-hued darkness than ever before, the pic is held together by the extraordinary force of Almodovar’s cinematic personality. But while its four-way in extremis love story dazzles, it never really catches fire. … There’s a sense here that Almodovar, who’s now a stylistic law unto himself, may be more interested in stretching himself technically than in engaging with issues of the wider world.”

Broken Embraces opens in Spain tomorrow, will screen at the Cannes Film Festival and is due to bow in the U.S. sometime in 2009.

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