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A follow-up to Spanish enfant terrible Pedro Almodóvar's 2006 arthouse sensation Pedro Almodóvar, Los Abrazos Rotos finds the filmmaker re-teaming with actress Penélope Cruz and working on a canvas much broader than those of his previous outings, in terms of genres covered, narrative scope, and duration. Lluís Homar stars as the former Mateo Blanco, a screenwriter and ex-director who changed his name to Harry Caine after losing his sight in an automobile accident. A past scandal suddenly resurfaces when the news arrives that the producer of one of Harry's old movies ("Girls and Suitcases"), a corrupt stockbroker named Ernesto Martel (José Luis Gómez), has died. For mysterious reasons, this makes Harry's ex-production manager Judit (Blanca Portillo) nervous; then Ernesto's son, Ray X (Rubén Ochandiano), turns up and asks Harry to help him write a vindictive script to get back at his vile father. The film subsequently flashes back to the early '90s, when Martel became involved with his secretary, Lena (Cruz), but Mateo also began to develop feelings for her, and auditioned her for "Girls and Suitcases." In response to Mateo's interest in Lena (and her burgeoning interest in him), the jealous Martel commissioned Ray to make a documentary about the making of "Girls and Suitcases" as an excuse to spy on the director and star. This enabled him to watch Mateo spiriting off with Lena right under his nose, and set the stage for the wily producer's elaborate revenge against Mateo. As this synopsis suggests, Almodóvar uses a tricky structure laden with flashbacks to both comment on and explain the events of the present; he also interweaves a noirish sensibility throughout the picture that marks something of a first for this director. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:November 20, 2009


Penélope Cruz
as Lena
Blanca Portillo
as Judit
Lluís Homar
as Mateo y Harry Caine
José Luis Gómez
as Ernesto Martel
Ruben Ochandiano
as Ray X
Tamar Novas
as Diego
Ángela Molina
as Madre de Lena
Chus Lampreave
as Portera
Kiti Manver
as Madame Mylene
Lola Dueñas
as Lectora de Labios
Mariola Fuentes
as Edurne
Carmen Machi
as Chon
Kira Miro
as Modelo
Alejo Sauras
as Alex
Rossy de Palma
as Julieta


Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
Esther Garcia
Agustín Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
Rodrigo Prieto
Alberto Iglesias
Composer (Music Score)
José Salcedo
Victor Molero
Art Director
Antxon Gomez
Art Director
Agustín Almodóvar
Executive Producer
Sonia Grande
Costume Designer
Miguel Rejas
Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Orts
Sound/Sound Designer
Guillermo Escribano
First Assistant Director
Luis San Narciso
Toni Novella
Production Manager
Pelayo Gutierrez
Sound Editor
Lola Garcia
Assistant to the Director
Yuyi Beringola
Script Supervisor
Miguel Poveda
Musical Performer
Ana Lozano
Makeup Supervisor