Pedro Almodóvar’s “Broken Embraces” wrapped filming in Madrid and the Canary Islands, and is a four;way tale of amour;fou, shot in the style of ‘50s American film noir at its most hard;boiled. The movie “Broken Embraces” mixes references to works like Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place and Vincente Minnelli’s The Bad and the Beautiful, with signature Pedro Almodóvar themes such as Fate, the mystery of creation, guilt, unscrupulous power, the eternal search of fathers for sons, and sons for fathers.
“Broken Embraces” is an original screenplay written by the director and joins him again with Penelope Cruz (“2009 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner ” for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) following their successful collaboration on “Volver,” for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. The film also stars Lluis Homar of Bad Education and Blanca Portilla of Volver. Regular Pedro Almodóvar contributors, such as Rossy de Palma, Kiti Manver, Chus Lampreave and Lola Dueñas also join the cast. Veteran actor Angela Molina, who starred in Live Flesh, plays Penelope Cruz’s mother. “Broken Embraces” is the tenth addition to the Sony Pictures Classics library, which includes the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner All About My Mother, Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner Talk to Her, the Best Foreign Language Film nominee Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Pedro Almodóvar’s highest grossing film to date in the United States, Volver.