Director Pedro Almodovar was the toast of Cannes on Tuesday with the showing of his latest movie, Broken Embraces, a hot favourite for the Palme D’Or.
It is a movie about film making: often a vehicle for directors to lay bare their own insecurities. Critics say the melodrama is unmistakably an Almodovar film, with typically rich texture and intense performances. At a press conference he said:” I was a kid like many others, brought up among women. At the end of the fifties my mother always kept me close to her. This made me, later in life, experiment with many things that I developed at the end of my career.” One of the stars is Penelope Cruz. She has won praise for her role in Broken Embraces, a film thick with the twists and turns of a labrynthine plot. She said: “I think this is one of the best scripts that has been written. The scenes are some of the most complex, risky, daring and courageous.” The script moves fluidly back and forth in time, with superb editing and witty, pointed dialogue, arguably among Almodovar’s best.