Sunday, October 11, 2009



Penelope Cruz in Almodovar's Broken Embraces
Spain, 2009; 128m
Photo: The Film Society of Lincoln Center/Sony Pictures Classics

Several mysteries, a few love stories -- some twisted, a tragedy, beautiful cinematography, and pitch perfect acting by the delightfully spectacular Penelope Cruz and the whole cast make Pedro Almadovar's Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos) a perfect closing film for the NYFF.

Related, in some of its philosophical concerns (including the deep and wonderful power of compulsion in love and life), to the opening night film, Alain Resnais’s Wild Grass (Les herbes folles), Broken Embraces has a better ending (as the ending of festival should have), plus great heart and great soul.

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