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V.22 No.31 | 8/1/2013
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Film Review

I’m So Excited!

Pedro Almodóvar flies the frantic skies in silly, sky-high romp

After the kinky, creepy quirk of 2011’s mod-goth masterpiece The Skin I Live In, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar returns to his campy, soap-operatic roots with the palate-cleansing amuse-bouche I’m So Excited.

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I Like to Watch (Instantly): Broken Embraces, Woman on Top

Notable Pedro Almodovar titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world

Maybe blondes do have more fun?
Maybe blondes do have more fun?

Broken Embraces (2010)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Penélope Cruz,Lluís Homar,Blanca Portillo, Jose Luis Gomez

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.

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