Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Viva el Cine
Running Time:99 min.
Director:Pedro Almodovar
Producer:Esther Garcia
Screenwriter:Pedro Almodovar
Cinematographer:Jean-Claude Larrieu
Editor:Jose Salcedo
Cast:Emma Suarez
Adriana Ugarte
Daniel Grao
Inma Cuesta
Dario Grandinetti
Michelle Jenner
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:David Fear


Spain’s premier auteur Pedro Almodóvar returns with an adaptation of three Alice Munro short stories that meld into one gorgeously torrid tale of grand passion, guilt, and grief. Julieta (Emma Suárez) is a classics professor who’s leaving for Portugal for the summer. But when a chance encounter on the street brings news of Julieta’s long-lost daughter, she goes into a freefall. After hiding out in her old apartment in Madrid, our heroine begins to write a letter to her now-grown child—and viewers are treated to the story of how the young Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) once met a man on a train who changed her life. Blessed with the director’s usual eye-popping use of color, a beautifully Bernard Hermann-esque score, and Almodóvar regular Rossy de Palma’s one-woman riff on Rebecca, this exploration of mothers and daughters is classic Pedro: a cinephilic rush filled with breathtaking female performers and brilliant-yet-tender soap operatics.

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Additional Information

is Pedro Almodovar’s 20th full-length feature film as Director, being released in 2016, which is the 30th anniversary year of his production company with his brother Agustín, El Deseo S.A. Over the past 30 years, they have produced all the films that Pedro has written and directed, and have also produced other young directors. In 1988, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown brought him international recognition. Since then, his films, including Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, High Heels, The Flower of My Secret, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Bad Education, Volver, Broken Embraces, The Skin I Live In and many more, have opened all around the world.