Posts Tagged ‘Pedro Almodovar’

What the Papers Say: Almodovar’s Broken Embraces

March 17, 2009

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.

The Limits of Control: Graphic Nudity and Some Language

March 6, 2009

Jim Jarmusch leads a termite life, and that probably suits him just fine. His work may never be truly appreciated until he’s no longer around. His second and third films formed such an indelible impression of who he is as an artist that every subsequent attempt to do something different is merely disregarded. He is a filmmaker of return, cloaking his obsession with certain imagery and ideas with a need to constantly be exploring new (physical) territory. His tenth film, The Limits of Control, now has a trailer.

Jarmusch has his recurring themes and motifs that he riffs around. The notion of a “road movie” is no more of a cliche to him than a familiar chord sequence might be to a jazz musician. It’s not the core that’s important, it’s what happens around it. Both Night on Earth and Coffee and Cigarettes were built around the model of theme with variations. (more…)

Trailerama: Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces)

March 5, 2009

Nobody photographs Penelope Cruz quite like Almodovar. That’s good, because his latest exercise in melodramatic noir involves films within films and competing directors. The trailer hints at the formal complexities and visual pleasures present in this resume of his work so far.