Los abrazos rotos – Broken Embraces (+ podcast)

There’s a lot of Pedro Almodóvar around right now – a number of venues have been hosting retrospectives of his work in the run up to his latest film, Julieta – one of these venues being London’s Curzon Bloomsbury.

As part of its mini-retrospective, Curzon invited the Cinematologists podcast to record its latest episode there following a screening of Almodóvar’s 2009 release Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos), and as I had nothing better to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I went along to see the film and meet up Dario and Neil, the voices and brains behind the podcast.

The guys are both lecturers in film at universities in the south of England, and what I really appreciate most about their podcasts is that it is not for reviewing film but for exploring it. Each podcast features an introduction to the screening, a Q&A with the audience afterwards, and interviews with other knowledgeable people on themes related to the film under discussion. Listening to the podcast has introduced me to some really interesting films which I would have missed – Seconds, The Last Detail, Orson Welles’ The Trial to name just three, and it was great to meet them in person instead of the usual twitter exchanges.

Take my advice – if you have an interest in film, subscribe and listen!

As for Broken Embraces, well it’s not top-notch Almodóvar, but it is an interesting exploration of film-making and the people involved in it. Having not seen it since it was first released, I’d forgotten just how much it references Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and that interested me a lot – more so than the film itself, to be honest.

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