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Parallel Mothers

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
2021
Spain
120 minutes
18+
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Pedro Almodóvar returns, following his triumphant Pain and Glory (SFF 2019), with a dramatic tale of motherhood and historical trauma starring Penélope Cruz.
Cruz, winner of the Best Actress prize at Venice 2021, is fantastic as Janis, a photographer who accidentally becomes pregnant through a relationship with a married forensic archaeologist. While in hospital, about to give birth, she meets Ana (Milena Smit), a traumatised adolescent who is terrified about her pregnancy. Though in very different situations, Janis and Ana form a bond that has a dramatic impact on their lives. In returning to his recurrent theme of mothers, Almodóvar delves into Spain’s traumatic past, showing an intense connection between the personal and the political. The craft is of course distinctively Almodóvar’s, and the gorgeous visuals combined with deep emotion make this a very welcome return into his world.
Parallel Mothers is really about how the drive that moves us to sustain our families, whatever the challenge, is nothing less than the life force, drawn from generations and held within us. At the end, when the film visibly unifies that force, it’s one of Almodóvar’s most transporting moments.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
Most directors give so little. Almodóvar, by contrast, offers an over-abundance of riches.
Xan Brooks, The Guardian

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Fri 12 Nov
6pm
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Sat 13 Nov
8:30pm
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Sun 14 Nov
8:30pm
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Special Presentations
Original Title
Madres Paralelas
Year
2021
Classification
18+
Country
Spain
Language
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director
Pedro Almodóvar
Producer
Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García
Cast
Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
Screenwriter
Pedro Almodóvar
Cinematographer
José Luis Alcaine
Editor
Teresa Font
Genre
Focus on Women, Gender & Sexuality
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
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