A luminous PenÃ©lope Cruz stars as an actress who sacrifices everything for true love in Academy AwardÂ® -winning filmmaker (2003, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her) Pedro AlmodÃ³var's acclaimed tale of sex, secrets and cinema. When her father becomes gravely ill, beautiful Lena (Cruz) consents to a relationship with her boss Ernesto (JosÃ© Luis GÃ³mez), a very wealthy, much-older man who pays for her father's hospitalization and provides her a lavish lifestyle. But Lena's dream is to act and soon she falls for the director of her first film - a project bankrolled by her husband to keep her near. Upon his discovery of the affair, Ernesto stops at nothing to ruin Lena's happiness. Extras include: Deleted Scenes, Pedro Directs PenÃ©lope, Variety Q&A with PenÃ©lope Cruz, "The Cannibalistic Councillor" - a short film by Pedro AlmodÃ³var, On the Red Carpet: The New York Film Festival Closing Night, and more.
Rubén Ochandiano,Tamar Novas,Blanca Portillo,José Luis Gómez,Lluís Homar,Penelope Cruz
A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he didn't lose only his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life.
This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can't direct films he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his beloved Lena.
In the present day, Harry Caine lives thanks to the scripts he writes and to the help he gets from his faithful former production manager, Judit Garcia, and from Diego, her son, his secretary, typist and guide. When Diego has an accident and circumstances are such that Harry is left to take care of him, Diego asks Harry about the time when he answered to the name of Mateo Blanco.
With the idea of entertaining the him, Harry tells Diego what happened fourteen years just as a father tells his little child a story so that he'll fall asleep.
The story of Mateo, Lena, Judit and Ernesto Martel is a story of "amour fou", dominated by fatality, jealously, the abuse of power, treachery and a guilt complex. A moving and terrible story, the most expressive image of which is the photo of two lovers embracing, torn into a thousand pieces.