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Broken Embraces

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Stylish Almodovar drama is too mature for teens.

Movie R 2009 128 minutes
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age 12+

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age 12+


i dunno

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Too much swearing

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Sensual and stylish, BROKEN EMBRACES showcases Cruz's many gifts, both physical and professional. Playing an unhappily married actress portraying an Audrey Hepburn-like waif in the movie within this Spanish-language movie, she's able to access a gamut of expressions with a tilt of her head and an upturn of her mouth. It all works well with her character, a far-from-saintly but still likeable woman who finally finds passion after marrying out of obligation. But true love exacts a high price, one that pulls many others into a maelstrom that's partly of her making.

The film borders on the melodramatic, and plot twists involving drug abuse gone awry seem random (the movie kind of has an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink feel to it, crowding out the pure drama within). Broken Embraces' references to cinematic history and the movie industry itself may please film buffs, but they won't necessarily impress them -- not with anything that's never been seen before from Almodovar or anyone else.

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