Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (High Heels, The Flower of My Secret, All About My Mother) gets rather serious in this camp-free melodrama about a blind writer (Lluís Homar) nursing some long-hidden heartbreak. Much of the film's run time is spent on flashbacks detailing our protagonist's affair with a wannabe actress (Penélope Cruz) on the set of a movie 15 year ago. Various other characters and storylines weave their way through this ensemble narrative. The scattered plot takes some time to come together, but like all Almodóvar films, it coalesces quite neatly. See also:Notable Pedro Almodovar titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world by Devin D. O’Leary (12/13/2010). 127 minutes R.