Drama/Romance – 2016 – Spain – 99 Minutes – Sony Pictures Classics – In Spanish with English Subtitles – Rated R
Pedro Almodóvar explores his favorite themes of love, sexuality, guilt, and destiny through the poignant story of Julieta, played to perfection by Emma Suárez (younger) and Adriana Ugarte (middle-aged), over the course of a 30-year timespan. Just as she is about to leave Madrid forever, the seemingly content Julieta has a chance encounter that stirs up sorrowful memories of the daughter who brutally abandoned her when she turned eighteen. Drawing on numerous film historical references, from Hitchcock to the director’s own earlier Movida era work, Almodóvar’s twentieth feature, adapted from three short stories by Alice Munro (“Chance,” “Soon,” and “Silence”), is a haunting drama that oscillates between disenchanted darkness and visual opulence.
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Starring Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Michelle Jenner
Check out this great article in the New Yorker on the Evolution of Pedro Almodóvar.
A slick, stylish melodrama with an involving story and a cracking cast. Star Adriana Ugarte is a real find. – Empire
A sombre, ravishing study of grief, guilt and burden. – Time Out
It’s one of his least crazy films in narrative terms, but you couldn’t call it subdued, because the colours and textures he’s coaxed from a new director of photography, Jean-Claude Larrieu, are even more intoxicating than ever – it’s like an unexpectedly dry martini in a dazzling Z-stem glass. – The Telegraph