PARALLEL MOTHERS – Sunday Schmooze


Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Sun, Jun 11, 2023 10:00 AM


Sunday Schmooze
Hosted by Fred Craden
Pedro Almodóvar’s
Sunday, June 11th
Bagels at 10 AM | Film at 11 AM
Members $15 | Public $20

In this moving contemporary melodrama, two women, a generation apart, find themselves inextricably linked by their brief time together in a maternity ward. The circumstances that brought them to the Madrid hospital are quite different—one accidental, the other traumatic—and a secret, hiding the truth of the bond that connects these two, is a powerful story that tackles a deep trauma in Spanish history. Penélope Cruz’s Janis is a uniquely complex, flawed, but ultimately alluring lead character, who finds herself in a morally and emotionally treacherous situation. She’s viewed in contrast with Ana, radiantly portrayed by newcomer Milena Smit, a discovery who brings a palpable innocence, pain, and longing to this interwoven portrait of women and motherhood. These charismatic stars inhabit characters who are singular among those drawn by Almodóvar in a career defined by striking portraits of women. (Spain, 2021, 123min., In Spanish with English subtitles, R | Dir. Pedro Almodóvar)

Still from Pedro Almodovar

Film poster for Pedro Almodovar