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A luminous Penélope Cruz stars as an actress who sacrifices everything for true love in Broken Embraces, Academy Award® -winning filmmaker (2003, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her) Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed tale of sex, secrets and cinema. When her father becomes gravely ill, beautiful Lena (Cruz) consents to a relationship with her boss Ernesto (José Luis Gómez), a very wealthy, much-older man who pays for her father's hospitalization and provides her a lavish lifestyle. But Lena's dream is to act and soon she falls for the director of her first film - a project bankrolled by her husband to keep her near. Upon his discovery of the affair, Ernesto stops at nothing to ruin Lena's happiness.
Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Rubén Ochandiano, Tamar Novas, Lola Duenas, Angela Molina, Chus Lampreave, Kiti Mánver, Lola Dueñas, Mariola Fuentes, Carmen Machi, Kira Miró, Rossy de Palma, Alejo Sauras, Carlos Sanpedro, Ramón Pons, Marta Aledo, Chema Ruiz, Javier Coll, Viviana Espinosa, Fernando Lueches, Silvia Kal, Karola Sánchez, Ángela Molina
© 2009 El Deseo D.A., S.L.U. All Rights Reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Pedro Almodovar's fourth film with Penélope Cruz isn't his finest work, but he brings his signature visual brilliance to this noirish tale, and the cast turns in some first-class performances.
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Common Sense Says
Stylish Almodovar drama is too mature for teens.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this drama -- like Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's other movies -- is a complex, engrossing story with themes that are too mature for even most older teens, including infidelity and spousal abuse. Expect frank sexual discussion and some steamy scenes (lots of moaning and groaning, as well as a close-up view of naked breasts), domestic violence (a man pushes his wife down the stairs), swearing, and drug use.
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- Genre:Thriller, Drama
- Release Date:March 18, 2009
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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