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“Parallel Mothers”

15 November: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

20021- Certificate 15

– Parallel Mothers –


Oscar winner Penélope Cruz stars as Janis, an accomplished photographer who is looking into The disappearance of family members during the Franco era and hooks up with an archaeologist (Israel Elejalde) when she gets pregnant.  In hospital she meets Ana (Milena Smit).  Both are single and became pregnant by accident.  Janis, middle-aged, has no regrets and is exultant.  Ana, an adolescent, is scared and repentant.  The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between them which, by chance, will develop and complicate their lives in a decisive way as Janis continues her investigation into the past.

This film has Almodóvar’s usual penchants for highlighting the warmth of female relationships and for a narrative with several strands which sorts itself out well enough by the film’s end.

In Spanish  with sub-titles.

Running Time 123 mins

Ratings Info 4 – 5 Stars

Director(s) Pedro Almodóvar

Cast includes Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Isreal Elejalde

Nominations & Awards23 wins from 103 nominations

The Guardian

Pedro Almodóvar’s poetic conviction and creative fluidity flow through this moving …… drama about two single mothers and buried secrets from the Spanish civil war…..which audaciously draws a line between love, sex, the passionate courage of single mothers…………..and the unhealed wound of Spain’s fascist past. Pedro Almodóvar’s new movie has the warmth and the grandiloquent flair of a picture from Hollywood’s golden age

It’s impossible to watch this film without just feeling grateful that its director is still so fluent, so creative, still making us a gift of these films.


Parallel Mothers” is a magic trick courtesy of Pedro Almodóvar built on a potentially farcical premise — two women giving birth in hospital at the same time — it is the synthesis of his early, funny ones and later more restrained works, at once a comedy full of plot twists and revelations that build up at a dizzying rate, and a serious, emotionally grounded look at maternal bonds and the draw of family

Cruz grounds the potentially ridiculous scenarios with empathy and feeling so that whatever direction the movie goes in, you go with it. Playing a woman holding a secret she is bursting to let out, she is riveting.

The director’s conclusion is typical: a group of women, standing in solidarity, drawing strength from the memory of their ancestors.

Roger Ebert

That magical connection between Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz continues to grow stronger and burn brighter with “Parallel Mothers,” their eighth film together over the past quarter century. The Spanish maestro knows precisely how to get all the colours out of his charismatic muse, and in turn, the veteran star takes his material and makes it feel both fiery and grounded.

“Parallel Mothers” is indeed chock full of Almodóvar’s signature brand of melodrama. But the performances always make the film feel substantive and authentic, particularly the interplay between its two very different stars.

“Parallel Mothers” may look simple at the outset with its high-concept, dramatic premise, but it eventually reveals that it has much more on its mind, and in its heart.

Rotten Tomatoes

A brilliant forum for Penélope Cruz’s talent, “Parallel Mothersreaffirms the familiar pleasures of Almodóvar’s filmmaking while proving he’s still capable of growth

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