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BROKEN EMBRACES [Additional material,Audio Descriptive]

BROKEN EMBRACES <span>[Additional material,Audio Descriptive]</span> artwork

BROKEN EMBRACES [Additional material,Audio Descriptive]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 125m 10s

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, sex and hard drug references

Genre(s) Additional Production Material, Drama

Director(s) Pedro Almodóvar

Cast includes Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luís Gómez, Rubén Ochandiano, Tamar Novas

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 05/11/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

LOS ABRAZOS ROTOS - BROKEN EMBRACES is a subtitled Spanish-language drama that travels between the present and the past as a blind former film director recollects the affair he had with an actress that led to tragic consequences. The film was passed '15' for strong language, sex and hard drug references.

The relatively frequent use of strong language ('fuck') is permitted by the Guidelines at '15' which also allow for the portrayal of sexual activity provided it is without 'strong detail'. The sex scenes in the film feature only occasional nudity and are presented with some discretion, but they have an intimate tone and provide a sufficiently unambiguous sense of what is happening to go beyond the requirement of the Guidelines at '12A/12' that 'Sexual activity may be implied'. These scenes were felt to be more appropriately placed at '15', along with a series of sex references in the film's dialogue.

The film also contains verbal and visual references to hard drugs such as cocaine and Ecstasy, along with one scene in which a man consumes a drink that has been spiked with a narcotic. The references reflect the lifestyle use of drugs without presenting such use in the kind of overtly glamorous or promotional manner proscribed by the Guidelines at '15' , and the spiking of the drink is seen to have immediate and harmful consequences for the character to whom it is given.

Details

Title
BROKEN EMBRACES
Title Information
Additional material,Audio Descriptive
Year
2010
Distributor(s)
Pathe Productions LTD
Classified date(s)
22/01/2010
Main language
Spanish
Submitted run time
125m 10s
BBFC reference
BVF259081

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles

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BROKEN EMBRACES (MAIN MENU)
02:01:58:16
LOS ABRAZOS ROTOS - BROKEN EMBRACES (FEATURE WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION)
00:01:47:11
BROKEN EMBRACES (ORIGINAL UK THEATRICAL TRAILER)
00:01:24:08
PHOTO GALLERY

Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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