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The film within a film 'Girls And Suitcases' is loosely based on Pedro Almodóvar's own film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). 'Rosie De Palme' appears in both, although in different roles. (

Cameo: [Agustín Almodóvar] Pedro Almodóvar's brother, and the film's producer, appears as an employee of Ernesto Martel, in the scene where Lena returns from hospital. Agustín has cameos in 15 of the 17 films which Pedro Almodóvar has directed. (

The car driven by Lena and Harry Caine/MateoBlanco in Lanzarote is the same red car that is used in Volver (2006/I) and in the final scenes of Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990). (

In an interview with El País in March 2009, Pedro Almodóvar revealed that the idea for the lip reader played by Lola Dueñas came from watching the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Asturias on Spain's Telecinco, where the services of a lip reader were employed by the channel to relay what the couple were saying to each other as they stood at the altar. (

The director revealed in an interview that the character played by Carmen Machi was inspired by his real-life friend, Blanca Sánchez, who, in the 1980s, had a relationship with a man who unbeknownst to her was a member of the Basque separatist group E.T.A. Sanchez was also used as the inspiration for the character Candela played by María Barranco in Pedro Almodóvar's breakthrough hit Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). (

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