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Posted on February 12th, 2009 - Filed in "Los abrazos rotos" (2009) - 0 Comments / Leave one

Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces)- Yet another film from Spain’s celebrated and profilic director Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, Talk to Her, Bad Education). Exact details on the film are still scant but Almodóvar has stated that the film will resemble a 1950s American film noir but will be set in the 1990s. The film will star Penélope Cruz who also appeared in Almodóvar’s Todo Sobre mi Madre (All About My Mother) and Volver. True to Almodóvar’s style, he devoted a good portion of his blog to Cruz’s character and hairstyles in Abrazos:

…Penélope’s character in my film lives two very different, almost opposing, lives, that naturally must be characterized, among other things, by very different hairstyles. In the first characterisation, Penélope is brunette, serious, hurt, pursued by fatality, a fighter with no luck, a fallen angel. A woman taken from a 50s thriller and transferred to the 90s. In the other facet of the character, she appears as blonde, light, pop, naïve, outrageous, exultant.

His blog also chronicles the many hairstyles that he tried on the Spanish actress through candid photos.So what can we expect in this film? That is a bit tricky with Almodóvar, who has a body of work that is beautifully diverse. His films range from Volver which champions familial female bonds  to the wildly homo-erotic Mal Educación (Bad Education), a film with virtually no female characters. His films can be deadly serious like Carne Trémula (Live Flesh) or zainy like Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). However, there are certainly some trends in many of his films. Almodóvar seems to love taboos. His films have pregnant nuns with AIDS, transvestites, and tackle difficult subjects like sexual abuse. These films often play around with the sexuality of its characters.

Reportedly  Almodóvar made Cruz gain weight for a more curvy figure in Volver, and, not completely satisfied with the results, made the actress wear a prosthetic butt for much of the film. In the film, her tousled hair, dark eyeliner, and enhanced figure results in the curviest and most deliciously sexy Cruz ever. With so much effort spent solely on Cruz’s hair style in and its relation to her character in Los Abrazos Rotos, it looks like Almodóvar is up to his old tricks.

Release details: The film will be released in March of this year in Spain and will have limited release in the U.S. starting in November of 2009.

Source: Examiner

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