Parallel Mothers

Director: Pedro Almodóvar Run Time: 120 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: Spanish

Starring: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Israel Elejalde, Milena Smit, Penélope Cruz, Rossy de Palma

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Closing Night Selection

In Spanish w/English subtitles

In this muted contemporary melodrama, two women, a generation apart, find themselves inextricably linked by their brief time together in a maternity ward. The circumstances that brought them to the Madrid hospital are quite different—one accidental, the other traumatic—and a secret, hiding the truth of the bond that connects these two, is a powerful story that tackles a deep trauma in Spanish history. Penélope Cruz’s Janis is a uniquely complex, flawed, but ultimately alluring lead character, who finds herself in a morally and emotionally treacherous situation. She’s viewed in contrast with Ana, radiantly portrayed by newcomer Milena Smit, a discovery who brings a palpable innocence, pain, and longing to this interwoven portrait of women and motherhood. These charismatic stars inhabit characters who are singular among those drawn by Almodóvar in a career defined by striking portraits of women.

—New York Film Festival guide

Screening Supported by Boston Latino International Film Festival

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

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