Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar

Penelope Cruz
Lluis Homar
Blanca Portillo
Jose Luis Gomez
Tamar Novas

Premiere date: March 17, 2009 (Spain)
R for sexual content, language and some drug material.

The former Mateo Blanco is a screenwriter and ex-director who changed his name to Harry Caine after losing his sight in an automobile accident. A past scandal suddenly resurfaces when the news arrives that the producer of one of Harry's old movies, a corrupt stockbroker named Ernesto Martel, has died. For mysterious reasons, this makes Harry's ex-production manager Judit nervous. Soon Ernesto's son, Ray X, turns up and asks Harry to help him write a vindictive script to get back at his vile father. The film subsequently flashes back to the early 90s, when Martel became involved with his secretary, Lena, but Mateo also began to develop feelings for her, and auditioned her for his film, Girls and Suitcases. In response to Mateo's interest in Lena - and her burgeoning interest in him - the jealous Martel commissioned Ray to make a documentary about the making of Girls and Suitcases as an excuse to spy on the director and star. This enabled him to watch Mateo spiriting off with Lena right under his nose, and set the stage for the wily producer's elaborate revenge against Mateo.


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