It may be without English subtitles for the time being, but we’ve got our long-awaited first look at Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, Parallel Mothers, starring Penélope Cruz.
Almodóvar’s films are coming unusually thick and fast, with Pain & Glory, The Human Voice and Madres Paralelas (Parallel Mothers) each coming out in the space of three years. Set to open the Venice Film Festival ahead of its release in Spain in September and US release in December, the latest film from the auteur reunites him with longtime collaborators Penélope Cruz, Julieta Serrano, and Rossy de Palma.
Also starring notable names Israel Elejalde, Milena Smit, and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, the “intense drama”, according to Almodóvar, follows women who give birth on the same day and live their lives in parallel. Speaking to El Pais, Cruz reported the film will explore “the feminine world of new mothers, of mothers who are raising children in the first and second year”.
Speaking about the brand new project, director Pedro Almodóvar states that, “With Madres paralelas, 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”.
Parallel Mothers is the latest in the long line of films from the iconic Spanish filmmaker who made a name for himself creating films of raw emotion that often explore the intricacies of family dynamics. His most significant films include 1999s All About My Mother, 2002s Talk to Her which he would win an Original Screenplay award for at the Oscars, and 2004s Volver an iconic film for the culturally significant Penélope Cruz.
See the trailer, below.