The son of an adoring mother and a barely literate father who hauled wine by mule in a small town in La Mancha, Pedro Almodóvar was sent to Catholic boarding school when he was eight, attended a good college, worked as an assistant in the Spanish telephone company for twelve years, and did not make his first movie until 1980, when he was thirty-one. In the twenty-nine years since Pepi, Luci, Bom, he has made seventeen other features and is universally considered a master of contemporary cinema. Time magazine called Talk to Her the best film of the past decade, and it won the Oscar for best original screenplay despite not being in English. Two weeks from now, his Broken Embraces will close the New York Film Festival. It opens in NY on November 20 and in LA on December 11. The movie once again stars his current muse Penelope Cruz, who had the good sense to spend more time in her Oscar acceptance speech thanking Pedro than Woody after winning for the ridiculous Vicky Cristina Barcelona.