I had the opportunity to see a screening of Pedro Almodovar’s new movie, Broken Embraces, on Monday. I have been a huge fan of Pedro’s for a long time, and it just so happens that his muse Penelope Cruz is one of my favorite actresses. This is Penelope’s fourth movie with Pedro, following “Live Flesh”, “All About My Mother” and “Volver”.
This is a great movie, with equal parts suspense and romance. The story has so many twists and turns, it may be hard to keep up with – but if you can keep up with it, it’s definitely worth it! The movie is well made, beautiful directed – and expertly written. If you’re a fan of Penelope Cruz, or Pedro Almodovar, then you MUST go see this movie when it opens in your city. You will not be disappointed!
A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he not only lost his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life.
This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can’t direct films he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his beloved Lena.
In the present day, Harry Caine lives thanks to the scripts he writes and to the help he gets from his faithful former production manager, Judit García, and from Diego, her son, his secretary, typist and guide.
Since he decided to live and tell stories, Harry is an active, attractive blind man who has developed all his other senses in order to enjoy life, on a basis of irony and self‐induced amnesia. He has erased from his biography any trace of his first identity, Mateo Blanco.
One night Diego has an accident and Harry takes care of him (his mother, Judit, is out of Madrid and they decide not to tell her anything so as not to alarm her). During the first nights of his convalescence, Diego asks him about the time when he answered to the name of Mateo Blanco, after a moment of astonishment Harry can’t refuse and he tells Diego what happened fourteen years before with the idea of entertaining him, just as a father tells his little child a story so that he’ll fall asleep.
The story of Mateo, Lena, Judit and Ernesto Martel is a story of “amour fou”, dominated by fatality, jealously, the abuse of power, treachery and a guilt complex. A moving and terrible story, the most expressive image of which is the photo of two lovers embracing, torn into a thousand pieces.
I have 2 movie posters to give away!! All you have to do to enter – is give me your favorite Pedro Almodovar OR Penelope Cruz movie in the comments below!!
To help launch the 4th season of Big Love, HBO recorded ”A Juniper Creek Christmas,” a holiday album that features eight classic songs where the lyrics have a lulzy twist to reflect life on the Juniper Creek compound. A music video for “Here We Come From Juniper Creek” was also produced to accompany the album (see it at the source).
Cast members Harry Dean Stanton (“Roman Grant”, the prophet), Mary Kay Place (“Adaleen Grant”, Roman’s sixth wife), Mireille Enos (“Jodean Marquart”, Kathy’s twin sister) and Cassi Thomson (“Cara Lynn”, Nicki’s daughter) are all featured on the album. The track titles include:
1. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
2. Here We Come from Juniper Creek
3. I Saw Three Hummers
4. We Three Wives
5. Deck the Compound
6. O Little Town of Juniper
7. Silent Wife
8. Joy to the World
Download the album HERE! or go to the source to listen to the songs online.