SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – PARALLEL MOTHERS

Rating: R18+
Length: 120 mins
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

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.