Broken Embraces
Rating: *****

Spanish enfant terrible Pedro Almodovar (who ain’t such an “enfant” anymore, he turns 60 this month) is one of those filmmakers who, even when his output is lukewarm (1995’s The Flower Of My Secret) it’s usually head, shoulders and other extremities above most director’s best work.

His latest stars Penelope Cruz (in fine, sensual form) as an unhappy, kept actress who finds passion for the first time in her life —with the expected tragic results.

Once again, Almodovar mines classic Hollywood melodrama, serpentine storytelling, colourful visuals and hot sex to disarming effect.

A must-see.

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