Parallel Mothers

Date and time
Fri 14th October 2022 at 7:45pm
strong sex, references to sexual violence

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Audience Reaction: 77.4%

2021 ( Spain | France ) ( Drama )
( Spanish with English subtitles )

Starring: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde
Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Photographer Penélope Cruz and traumatised teenager Milena Smit bond in the maternity ward where both give birth after unplanned pregnancies. How their lives subsequently entangle deftly weaves together a twisty melodrama with reference to a poignant Spanish Civil War historical background which is both gripping and emotionally satisfying. Cruz positively glows as the capable career woman trying to cope with heart-breaking deception, while newcomer Smit is disarming as the privileged failure desperate to find her place in the world.

Parallel Mothers is a really engaging watch with plenty of unforeseen story turns that seem incredibly random at first, but ultimately come together in a very intentional way. Penélope Cruz gives a powerful and beautifully relatable performance as a woman navigating some very messy life choices with wisdom and empathy.

(2hr 3min)