Madres Paralelas

In his new film, Pedro Almodóvar (Dolor Y Gloria) returns to a central theme in his work: mothers and women. Winner of the award for best actress (Penélope Cruz) in Venice.

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In the politically tinged melodrama MADRES PARALELAS, two women coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatised. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in those hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and becomes complicated, changing their lives in a decisive way.

The now 71-year-old Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar (TODO SOBRE MI MADRE, VOLVER) has often interwoven the relationship with his own mother in his work. According to Almodóvar, the mothers in MADRES PARALELAS are very different from those who appeared in his filmography to date: “It’s the imperfections of these mothers, that attract me most as a narrator.”

Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2021, 120 min. Spanish spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Penélope Cruz.