2hrs 3mins

Reuniting the king of the queer melodrama, Pedro Almodóvar, with his longtime muse queen Penelope Cruz, this 2009 noir-tinged romantic thriller delves into the memories of screenwriter Harry Caine (Lluís Homar) and his fated romance with aspiring actress Lena (Cruz).

This film screens as part of our Killer Queens season, which explores transgressive thrillers, camp classics and noir-inflected queer gems.

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Pedro Almodóvar
Contains strong language, sex and hard drug references
Spanish, English

The death of Ernesto Martel (José Luis Gómez) sets off a chain of events that forces one man to come to terms with his past. Before he went blind, Harry Caine was a film director who often worked with Ernesto. Ten years ago, Ernesto and Mateo’s friendship became a battle for Lena (Penélope Cruz), Ernesto’s mistress and Mateo’s secret object of affection. When the former recruits his son (Rubén Ochandiano) to spy on the latter, things quickly spiral out of control.

Melding introspective metatextual melodrama with a gripping mystery noir, this meticulously Hitchockian unravelling of long-buried secrets is vintage Almodóvar – who remains one of the most vividly distinct, altogether visionary queer filmmakers in cinema. But this film belongs to his muse – the radiant, quintessential movie star Penélope Cruz – who delivers one of the finest performances of her illustrious career.

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