FILMS

Julieta

Pedro Almadóvar SPAIN, 2015
Spanish w/English subtitles
99 minutes
Principal Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Adriana Ugarte, Michelle Jenner, Emma Suárez, Rossy de Palma

Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, All about My Mother, Volver) is renowned for his ability to move effortlessly from high drama to high farce, exploring the contradictions of human needs and desire through a range of styles and tones. As one of the cinema’s greatest makers of films about women, it is only fitting that for his latest and 20th feature he has chosen to adapt the work of Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. Mining three stories from Munro’s exquisite collection Runaway and relocating them to Spain, Almodóvar creates a marvelously textured tale that examines the strained relationship between a mother and daughter.

When we first meet Julieta (Emma Suárez), she is a 55-year-old teacher about to move to Lisbon with her husband, Lorenzo (Dario Grandinetti, Wild Tales, Talk to Her), until an unexpected encounter brings an end to those plans and, for reasons unbeknownst to Lorenzo, Julieta insists she must remain in Madrid. Almodóvar then plunges us into the past, where Julieta (now played by Adriana Ugarte) is an effervescent and beautiful young woman who, on a train one late winter night, meets and is enchanted by a handsome young man, Xoan (Daniel Grao). In short order, Julieta becomes pregnant, moves to Xoan’s idyllic fishing village in Galicia, marries him and begins to raise their daughter, Anitá. In the full glow of her happiness, it seems that nothing could possibly go wrong.

 

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  • Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
  • Produced by Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar, Esther García
  • Written by Pedro Almodóvar
  • Based on Runaway by Alice Munro
  • Starring Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte
  • Music by Alberto Iglesias
  • Cinematography: Jean-Claude Larrieu
  • Edited by José Salcedo
  • Release date: 8 April 2016 (Spain)
  • Running time: 96 minutes
  • Country: Spain
  • Language: Spanish