R | 2 Hours 10 minutes | Drama – Comedy
Written & Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde
In Spanish with English Subtitles
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role & Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.
A brilliant forum for Penélope Cruz’s talent, Parallel Mothers reaffirms the familiar pleasures of Almodóvar’s filmmaking while proving he’s still capable of growth.