Broken Embraces in The Stranger

I review Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces for The Stranger.

We pretty much know what to expect from Pedro Almodóvar by now. He’s Spain’s master of the overheated melodrama with a sexy cast, a screwball soul, and an overcharged emotional atmosphere of obsessive desire, bad behavior, and worse judgment.

Broken Embraces puts a frame around those expectations and subdues all that excess.

Read the complete review here.

Almodovar's women on the verge

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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