The film spans 30 years in Julietaâ€™s life from a nostalgic 1985 where everything seems hopeful, to 2015 where her life appears to be beyond repair and she is on the verge of madness.
|Release Date||:||April 8, 2016|
|Production Company||:||El Deseo, TVE, Canal+ France, CinĂ© +|
|Writers||:||Pedro AlmodĂłvar, Alice Munro|
|Casts||:||Emma SuĂˇrez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, DarĂo Grandinetti, Rossy de Palma, Nathalie Poza, AgustĂn AlmodĂłvar, Mariam Bachir, Pilar Castro, Jorge Pobes, Bimba BosĂ©, Susi SĂˇnchez, Priscilla Delgado, TomĂˇs del Estal, Blanca ParĂ©s, Esther GarcĂa, JoaquĂn Notario, David DelfĂn, Paqui Horcajo, Sara JimĂ©nez, Elena Benarroch, RamĂłn Aguirre, Charles Centa, Jimena Solano, MarĂa Mera, Lupe Roda, RamĂłn Ibarra, Lola GarcĂa, Bimba BosĂ©|
|Plot Keywords||:||spain, sex, depression, baby, secret, nudity, lover, pain, female friendship, marriage, friendship, autobiography, love, loneliness, mother daughter relationship, pregnant, hospital, single mother, guilt, death, happiness, childhood, maturity, mother daughter estrangement, flashback, madrid spain, memories, troubled family|
After taking something of a major nose-dive with "I'm So Excited" that many other directors might not have recovered from, Almodovar is back on something approaching his best form. In many respects, "Julieta" is his 'All About My Daughter' though it doesn't have the same emotional clout that "All About My Mother" or "Volver" had. This is Pedro is a very serious mode, perhaps too serious; maybe a little bit of humor might not have gone amiss.
Julieta is played by two different actresses, (Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suarez), at different stages of her life and much of the film is told in flashbacks. These women, and Almodovar's meticulous direction, hold our attention but I was never moved by the film in a way I felt I should have been, at least until the very end.
The source material is three stories by Alice Munro, none of which I've read, but considering how seamlessly Almodovar keeps the material flowing I am sure he has done a very fine job of adapting them for the screen, nor can I imagine how the original conception of filming this in English with Meryl Streep might have worked. So not quite top-notch Almodovar but proof, nevertheless, that he can still deliver the goods when he's called to.