Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Broken Embraces [2009]

A director falls in love with the star of his film – but she’s also the lover of the producer.

I really wanted to like this film – but it’s a story we’ve all heard before and Pedro Almodovar doesn’t do anything to “own” the story anymore than any other director who makes this exact film. Then again – I’m sure there’s a Pedro following that would be glad to correct me on how this is such a great example of a Pedro film (and at times I felt like I was missing out on an inside joke). Penelope Cruz is great in the role – but she works so well with Pedro that you expect that. I’m stretching out and giving it a 3 out of 5.

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