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Parallel Mothers

Madres parallelas

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Penélope Cruz was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her superb performance here as Janis, a single mother who meets and befriends a much younger woman, Ana (Milena Smit) at the maternity ward. Their babies are born on the same day, but their fates will soon diverge. And when, several months later, Janis introduces her child to the father – he cannot credit that the baby is his. Eventually Janis takes a DNA test to settle her own doubts. Meanwhile Ana suffers the hardest test of all.

More serious in tone and more overtly political than most of his work, Almodóvar’s highly acclaimed Parallel Mothers still boasts the aesthetic boldness and emotional complexity we have come to expect from him. It’s one of the best movies of the past year, no doubt.

Director

Pedro Almodóvar

Cast

Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Rossy de Palma, Julieta Serrano

Credits
Country of Origin

Spain

Year

2021

Language

In Spanish with English subtitles

Awards

Best Actress (Volpi Cup) to Penélope Cruz, Venice 2021

19+

Geoblocked to British Columbia.

123 min

Book Tickets

Available June 17 - July 14
Screening Online Subtitles
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Credits

Producer

Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García

Screenwriter

Pedro Almodóvar

Cinematography

José Luis Alcaine

Editor

Teresa Font

Original Music

Alberto Iglesias