Spanish director Pedro Almódovar offers his favorite actress one of her finest roles with broken hugsbroadcast this Sunday, July 24 on Arte from 8:55 p.m. A must see !
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The one who now calls himself Harry Caine (Lluis Homar) lives alone in Madrid. Blind for fourteen years following an accident, this former director has converted to screenwriting. To help him in his daily life, his former production manager Judit García (Blanca Portillo) and her son, Diego (Tamar Novas). One evening, Diego feels unwell and finds himself bedridden. Harry the day before and decides to tell him his story when his name was still Mateo Blanco and he was madly in love with Lena (Penélope Cruz) whom he had made an actress. It was before his accident… Here is the pitch ofbroken hugsbroadcast this Sunday, July 24 from 8:55 p.m. on Arte and on Arte.tv.
Penélope Cruz at the top of her game in broken hugs
Selected in official competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, broken hugs unfortunately left empty-handed. It doesn’t matter because it remains one of Pedro Almódovar’s finest films, a masterpiece for many, and brings Penelope Cruz one of his most beautiful roles, if not the most beautiful. The one to whom Arte also devotes a portrait, Penélope Cruz, reflections of passionliterally bursts the screen. It appears magical, combining grace with mystery. The actress, who wins over her fans even with a simple photo of her as a child, is breathtakingly beautiful. I have to say that Pedro Almodovar makes him a real declaration of love throughout this thriller with Hitchcockian accents and built like a puzzle.
broken hugs : a superb tribute to cinema
“I realize that this is the first time that I have made such an explicit declaration of love in the cinema; not in a particular sequence, but throughout a film”, declared Pedro Almodovar when the film is released. Because in addition to the virtuosity of his actress whom he sublimates as he has often done with his actresses, with broken hugs the Spanish director pays true homage to American comedies like sabrina with Audrey Hepburn and, even stronger, to his own cinema. Starting with the feature film that the character of Mateo Blanco realizes in front of the cameras. A film within a film freely inspired by Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown realized by Pedro Almodovar in 1988. Incidentally, the scenes were filmed in the very place where the Spanish director had filmed 20 years earlier! “The experience was so fruitful that I wrote and shot more sequences than necessary, which I could not include in the final cut because of the tone that did not match that of the main story and which would have been weird. I already suspected it when shooting them, but I couldn’t resist the temptation. Fortunately, there will be the DVD“, concluded the filmmaker.