Broken Embraces

Synopsis: Passion, obsession, wealth, jealousy, family, guilt, and creativity. In Madrid, Harry Caine is a blind screenwriter, assisted by Judit and her son Diego. The past comes rushing in when Harry learns of the death of Ernesto Martel, a wealthy businessman, and Ernesto's son pays Harry a visit. In a series of flashbacks to the 1990s, we see Harry, who was then Mateo Blanco, a director; he falls in love with Ernesto's mistress, Lena, and casts her in a film, which Ernesto finances. Ernesto is jealous and obsessive, sending his son to film the making of the movie, to follow Lena and Mateo, and to give him the daily footage. Judit doesn't like Lena. It's a collision course.
Director(s): Pedro Almodóvar
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 41 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min


(Newspaper sheets)

What's your name?

"Harry Caine"

(Voiceover)" I used to be called Mateo

and I was a cinema director.

From very young I was tempted about the idea

of being someone else, appart from myself.

Living only one life was not enough,

so I invented a pseudonym, Harry Caine.

An adventurer that, because of the destiny,

would become a writer.

As of now, I made him sign all the scripts

and stories that I wrote.

For years, Mateo Blanco and Harry Caine

shared the same person, I,

but there was a moment in which,

abruptly, I could only be Harry Caine.

I became my pseudonym,

a writer made himself, by himself.

There was only a detail that I hadn't forseen,

Harry Caine would be a blind writer."

Oh dear... Ernesto Martel has died!


Ernesto Martel.

I know a granddaughter of his...

So he's dead...

Yes. Did you knew him?


Let's see... What does interest you?

Politics, economics, culture...?

You interest me.

How are you?

Do you mind describing yourself?

What are you interested on?

Your measures, for example?

Em... 90, 68, 90 (cms).

What is the colour of your eyes?

Green, and in summer a bit blue.

And your hair?

How are you dressed?

I'm blond, with long and straight hair.

I'm wering a purple t-shirt,

tight jeans...


Yes, tight.

And high heels.


Very high.

Let's see..., blond, long hair.

Let's see... the eyes, green eyes...

a bit blue in the summer

And the skin... Mmmm, delicious skin!

And the lips...


(pleasure grunts)

May I go to the toilet?

(Breatheless) Yes, yes, of course!

At the end of the corridor.



Sorry, I thought you were alone.

May I come in, or you are going for a second one?

No, no, come in.

We have finished.

She helped me to cross the road...

and I invited her to read me the newspaper...

Of course...

She gave you the hand and you took the arm!

What are you looking for?

My polo.

There you go, the polo.


Anything else? The socks?

Yes, thanks.

There you go.


(WC flushing)

(Surprised) Hello...

(Unfriendly) Hi.

Well then, Harry,

I'll be going.

Thanks for crossing me.

No problem.

You're standing on my feet.

Oops, Soory! sorry...

No, it has been a pleasure.


Thank you very much.

So..., I have to go.

I hope we will meet again.


Harry, you can't bring home the first

person that helps you cross the road!

One day something will happen!

Everything that has to happen to me has already

Happened. Now I only have to enjoy life.

Diego told me that you and him finished

the script yesterday.

I'd like to add a final epilogue.

I had agreed to bring the final version

to the producer and the director today.

You will have it tomorrow, have no fear

Ernesto Martel has died.

I think he was very sick...

We haven't spoken about him for a long time...

Yes, is true.

(doorbell and keys)


You look terrible!

I came running.

Today is Monday. Don't run for me, Diego.

We are not in a rush.

I am, I had made an arrangement.

You will have it tonight, don't worry.

Diego, shall we correct the ending?



Start thinking on the next script.

Something with fantasy or terror for kiddies,

is what it sells best.

I'm not sure if I'll know...

I thought of following the story

inspired in Arthur Miller's son.

The writer who married Marilyn?


He was in "Vanity Fair",

I've read it in "El Pas" (spanish newspaper).

After Marilyn, he married the photojournalist

Inge Morat and they had a son.

The kid was born with Down Syndrome

and Arthur Miller hid it.

He doesn't even mention him in his memories

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Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar Caballero is a Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor. He came to prominence as a director and screenwriter during La Movida Madrileña, a cultural renaissance ... more…

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