Named One of the Best Films of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter, The New Yorker, Time, The Washington Post, Indiewire, and Variety
Pedro Almodóvar’s (Pain and Glory, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) newest film finds two women, Janis (Penélope Cruz, in a career-best performance) and Ana (the stunningly talented newcomer, Milena Smit), sharing a hospital room where they are both about to give birth. Middle-aged Janis doesn’t regret it, and is exultant at the opportunity to raise a child on her own. Meanwhile, adolescent Ana is scared, repentant, and traumatized, while dealing with an unsupportive mother who appears more concerned about her late-blooming acting career than the impending birth of her grandchild. After the two women both give birth and leave the hospital, having bonded during their short time together, their lives continue to intersect in melodramatic and surprising ways that feel right at home in an Almodóvar film. Weaving in painful history from Spain’s past, Parallel Mothers also happens to be his most political film to date, and one that demonstrates a return to form so confident, the maestro shows audiences once again why he’s one of the best to ever do it.