“ A boisterous, warm-bodied swapped-at-birth melodrama about two single women who meet in a maternity ward”- The Guardian ★★★★
“A fabulous display of intellectual bait and switch.” The Times ★★★★
“Penelope Cruz is terrific in Almodovar’s typically transgressive melodrama” Daily Telegraph ★★★★
PARALLEL MOTHERS is Almodóvar’s 22nd feature film and had its World Premiere as the opening night film at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. The film received an enthusiastic response from the critics, and Penélope Cruz won the Best Actress Award for her performance.
Two women, Janis and Ana, meet in a hospital where they are about to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, has no regrets and is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared and repentant. Janis tries to encourage her as they move like sleepwalkers through the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between them, which by chance will develop and complicate, changing their lives in a decisive way.
Writer/Director Pedro Almodóvar is one of Spain’s most celebrated filmmakers with numerous accolades to his name including an Academy Award®, four BAFTAs, numerous Goyas and over 100 further wins and nominations. His credits include WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, VOLVER, PAIN AND GLORY and most recently THE HUMAN VOICE.