US RATING: *** 1/2

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Penelope Cruz plays a wannabe actress in this twisty Pedro Almodovar melodrama about a blind screenwriter (Lluis Homar) putting together the pieces of his tragic past. In Spanish with English subtitles, the film moves easily back and forth in time thanks to Almodóvar's suave direction. (Sony Pictures Classics, $29)

-- THELMA ADAMS