Broken Embraces

2009 R 2h 7m Blu-ray / DVD

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Broken Embraces

2009 R 2h 7m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this indie drama, aging filmmaker Mateo Blanco -- aka screenwriter Harry Caine -- tells his assistant about life before the accident that left him blind, when he became embroiled in a torrid and complicated affair with an aspiring actress.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French-Canadian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French-Canadian: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Lluís Homar
  • Blanca Portillo
  • José Luis Gómez
  • Rubén Ochandiano
  • Tamar Novas
  • Ángela Molina
  • Chus Lampreave
  • Kiti Mánver
  • Lola Dueñas
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this drama -- like Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's other movies -- is a complex, engrossing story with themes that are too mature for even most older teens, including infidelity and spousal abuse. Expect frank sexual discussion and some steamy scenes (lots of moaning and groaning, as well as a close-up view of naked breasts), domestic violence (a man pushes his wife down the stairs), swearing, and drug use.

Sexual Content

A man and a woman heave and moan on a sofa; nothing is seen, but it's clear they're having sex. Before the act, they engage in sexual banter, and, soon after, he fondles her breasts, which are seen close up. Another couple engages in a steamy embrace; they're under the sheets, but their backs, shoulders, and legs are exposed. A woman talks about hating having sex with her husband, whom she pretends to like but despises. Frank talk about sex acts. A man talks crassly about his ex-wives with his current male lover.


A husband pushes his wife down the stairs, which breaks her legs. He also threatens her when she verbalizes her desire to leave him. A man shoves around another man who's been following him with a camera. Husband and wife argue loudly.


Everything from "son of a bitch" to "f--k" to "ass" to "for God's sake," though not used constantly. Some derogatory terms are also said.

Social Behavior

Although the drama here is heavy and complex and characters often behave questionably, the ultimate take away is that true love knows no bounds and, while often hard to attain, is worth the cost. The movie also sends that message that love manifests itself in many ways, not just through passion.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Nightclub DJs talk freely about drug use and offer each other MDMA, meth, and other substances. Characters snort cocaine. One collapses after having a drink spiked with roofies.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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