Parallel Mothers is the latest in the long line of films from the iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, who made a name for himself creating films of raw emotion that often explore the intricacies of family dynamics. Recently having its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Almodóvar’s latest film received a nine-minute standing ovation with glowing reviews from publications across the board.
Tracing the complicated relationship of two women (Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit) who meet in a hospital room where they were both about to give birth, Parallel Mothers features the iconic director’s compelling charm in the midst of an intelligent melodrama.
Speaking to El Pais about the brand new project, director Pedro Almodóvar states that, “With Madres paralelas (Parallel Mothers), I return to the female universe, to motherhood, to the family”. Elaborating on the film’s content, he added: “I speak of the importance of ancestors and descendants. The inevitable presence of memory. There are many mothers in my filmography, the ones that are part of this story are very different”.
Also starring notable names Israel Elejalde, Milena Smit, and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Parallel Mothers joins Pedro Almodóvar’s other significant films including, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and 2004s Volver an iconic film for the culturally significant Penélope Cruz.
The programme for the 78th Venice Film Festival was announced in Rome by festival president Roberto Cicutto and artistic director Alberto Barbera. “We were surprised by the average quality [of film submissions] this year,” Barbera said during the announcement. “As if the [COVID-19] pandemic had inspired creativity. So in this way, I can be optimistic about the state of cinema.”
The hotly-anticipated event welcomes back some of the biggest names in Hollywood and, with it, a selection of major blockbusters with the likes of Dune, Last Night in Soho, The Last Duel, Halloween Kills just a short selection of those involved.
Parallel Mothers opens in the U.S. on December 24, check out the trailer below.