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Thursday, January 21, 2010

[8.25/10] Los Abrazos Rotos a.k.a. Broken Embraces (2009)

Los Abrazos Rotos


Broken Embraces (2009)

The usual Almodovar themes of love, sex and death are revisited in this film and there are some beautifully written and acted scenes around all three of these subjects. Almodovar one of the best storytellers out there with films under his belt like "Talk to Her" and "All About My Mother", has again touched on the essence of what makes us tick-including our dark sides. The film journeys between the past and the present, and interweaves diverse stories and viewpoints, to construct a fascinating drama full of twists and turns. Almodóvar's direction in this film is full of passion, and his precise work is mostly noticed on the extraordinary performances from the cast. Direcotr's fabulous muse, Penelope Cruz, is back and in full splendor. Pedro has always had a talent for exciting and fully developed female characters and here, both Ms. Cruz and Blanca Portillo are absolutely fascinating. "Los Abrazos Rotos" is absolutely powerful, both visually and emotionally. The music score by Alberto Iglesias is simply alluring. Cinematography by Mexican Rodrigo Prieto is beautiful. But the beauty of the film is basically due to the enormous talent of Señor Almodóvar.

  • My Rating: 8.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 82% (7.0/10)
  • IMDb: 7.3/10

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