Parallel Mothers

Parallel Mothers ★★★½

Another delightful Almodovar production in which great soap opera melodrama merges with a Hitchcockian sense of suspense to create an interesting portrait of motherhood and bereavement.

The performances, as usual in Pedro's films, are excellent, particularly Cruz, whose experience with the director is evident in the effortless and comfortable way she gets into the skin of this character with such a dilemma that her deeds never make her a complete villain. The rest of the cast is fine, but nothing leaps out for me. The relationship and interaction with Smith's Ana is endearing, but it reaches a point that I felt was needless, especially because it leads nowhere and felt like pandering to a specific demographic. Iglesias' music contributes significantly to the film's tone, frequently giving it the Hitchcockian vibe I mentioned before.

All in all, far from my favorite of the director's work, but another solid addition in his repertoire.

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