Director: Pedro Almodovar
Cast: Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuerta
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Spain 2016 99 mins.
Released by Pathe/20th Century Fox
Based on 3 short stories 'Chance,' Soon' and 'Silence' by Alice Munro, which follow the same character 'Julieta' is a melodrama of motherhood, loss, suppressed emotions and guilt drenched memories.
A chance meeting in the street with Bea (Michelle Jenner), a childhood friend of Julieta's estranged daughter Antia (Blanca Pares) whom she hasn't seen for 12 years begins a journey that relives a haunted past. Her planned move to Portugal with Lorenzo (Dario Grandinetti) is put on hold and Julieta writes a long letter to Antia confronting her emotions and fears, detailing her life with her father Xoan (Daniel Grao), his rather too close ex-lover lover Ava (Imma Cuesta) and Julieta's testy relationship with Xoan's housekeeper Marion (Rossy De Palma).
'Julieta,' is a mother's journey through memories linked by flashbacks over 30 years - an old man's suicide, guilt, rejection, meeting Xoan on the train, pregnancy, the birth of a daughter Antia, Xoan's death, Julieta's life with her daughter until aged 18 Antia mysteriously left. Loss, devastation, suppressed emotions, guilt and everlasting memories. Julieta's played by two actresses, Adriana Uguarte in the early years and Emma Suarez as the older woman, two lives brilliantly linked by a simple trick - Antia drying Julieta's hair lifts the towel and we move from one to the other.
Confident, masterful, emotional cinema with terrific lead performances, Alberto Iglesia's great jazzy score all wrapped in Jean-Claude Larrica's colour drenched cinematography.