Thursday, 24 November 2016

Julieta (2016)




Pedro Almodóvar




Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, Darío Grandinetti, Rossy de Palma, Susi Sánchez, Pilar Castro, Joaquín Notario, Nathalie Poza, Mariam Bachir, Blanca Parés, Priscilla Delgado, Saram Jiménez


After casually running into an old acquaintance, Julieta (Emma Suárez) decided to confront her life and the most important events about her estranged daughter Antia (Michelle Jenner).


After a disturbing yet delightful thriller, "The Skin I Live In", and a comedy, "I'm So Excited",  Pedro Almodóvar finally comes back with a drama about women and once again amazes with his ability to explore women's universe with such sensitivity.

In fact, Palme d'Or - and hopefully Academy Award - nominee "Julieta" is a very realistic, touching film that explores a woman's life beautifully.

So, as usual, the Spanish director puts women at the center of the story and pushes men aside, but this time he does something different. While the film's main character, Julieta, still is a woman marked by the hard life she had, this time Almodóvar doesn't focus on the harm men can do, but on the choices women can make, and how responsible they are for their lives.

"Julieta" can also be considered Almodóvar's "All About My Daughter" since the mother-daughter relationship is the center of the film and easily one of the best aspects.

As for the writing, the story is simple yet very interesting and has such a smooth flow it manages to hold the attention for the entire running time. Also, the way the story is written and told plays an important role as it is as if we discover what happened at the same time of the Julieta. And therefore this helps us connecting to the character.

Technically, I have no complain. The camera work is spectacular, so are the colours and the scenery. The score is rather suspenseful and always fits the situation.

And since this is a film about women, I have to mention the leading actresses, Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte, both playing Julieta, the first as a 50-year-old, fragile woman, the latter as a younger woman who has her entire life ahead. They are not Almodóvar's regulars, but they both do a great job portraying Julieta.

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