Unnecessarily complicated plot and sub-standard acting by most of the cast. Not very satisfying. Almodavar could have (and has) done better.
Ho-hum love affair between Penelope Cruz and two men. The only one who generated any interest on the screen was Bianca Portillo who said more when she wasn't speaking than the other three did when they read their lines.
The plot meanders all over the place and by the time we come to the end of the movie, when all the loose ends have to be tied up in neat little bows, it all seems quite rushed. Perhaps some of the side-plots, explanations, and superfluous scenes could have been omitted.