Julieta

Julieta

Julieta

From the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind The Skin I Live In, this Spanish drama weaves together three short stories by Alice Munro.

2016Rating: M, Mature themes and sex scenes98 minsSpainSpanish with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Pedro Almodóvar's fans and newbies alike – rejoice! With his 20th feature, the Spanish auteur is back and on superb form, with a drama that’s part character study, part classic Hitchcock mystery, and all Almodóvar. Adapted from short stories by Alice Munro, and set in Madrid, the titular Julieta (Emma Suárez) is a middle-aged mother, estranged from her daughter, Antía. So begins a sequence of flashbacks, in which we see events through the eyes of a teenage Julieta, (played by Adriana Ugarte).

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Variety

Variety

Even when working in earnest, Almodovar can't hold back his own gaudiness, which threatens to overwhelm Julieta's emotions at all times, just as the loud paintings, posters and wallpaper frequently eclipse the foreground action.

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Time Out

Time Out

A sombre, ravishing study of grief, guilt and burden.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This is not as richly compelling as other Almodóvar films, but it's a fluent and engaging work.

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Stuff

Stuff

Operatic, balletic, romantic, symbolic, melodramatic.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Pedro Almodóvar's object-oriented approach ends up blocking off the deeper emotional access that Alice Munro's stories so effortlessly attain.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

[Pedro Almodovar returns] to what he does so well - creating rich and moving female-centric dramas.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Some might even feel the whole exercise resembles a hodge-podge of tricks, tropes and name drops recycled from Almodovar's back catalogue, lacking in either freshness or passion.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A slick, stylish melodrama with an involving story and a cracking cast. Star Adriana Ugarte is a real find.

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