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Julieta

Pedro Almodóvar adapts a trio of Alice Munro stories sharing the same protagonist, a shy classics scholar who never finds true love with a man and who spends her middle age wondering why her only daughter abandoned her. She may sound like a perfect heroine for Almodóvar, who loves strong, mature, troubled women, but he can't resist the urge to glamorize her; played as a young woman by the darkly beautiful Adriana Ugarte and in middle age by Emma Suárez, the title character seems better suited to a Douglas Sirk melodrama than to Munro's modest, plainspoken world. Almodóvar makes a game effort to replicate Munro's complex, nonchronological storytelling, though the three tales don't hang together as well as one might hope, largely because there's a gaping hole in the narrative where the mother-daughter relationship ought to be.

Credits

Director:

  • Pedro Almodóvar

Cast:

  • Emma Suárez
  • Adriana Ugarte
  • Daniel Grao
  • Inma Cuesta
  • Darío Grandinetti
  • Michelle Jenner
  • Pilar Castro
  • Nathalie Poza
  • Susi Sánchez
  • Joaquin Notario
  • Priscilla Delgado
  • Blanca Parés
  • Rossy de Palma

Producers:

  • Esther García
  • Agustín Almodóvar

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