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  • Writer's pictureJack Aling

Parallel Mothers - Review

I Have No Doubts. 3.5 / 5

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

Two unmarried women who have become pregnant by accident and are about to give birth meet in a hospital room.

A rollercoaster ride of emotion and family, Parallel Mothers has a hauntingly divisive story with unexpected political undertones.

Penélope Cruz gives a heartbreaking performance, carrying the film often by herself with a unique perspective of getting used to motherhood. This is my first Almodóvar film so I wasn't sure what to expect going in. His melancholic style pairs well with the homey setting but also doesn't back down when the story turns more serious and political in its final act.

Its slow pace manages to cover a lot of ground that holds the tension together by a thread until it all comes dramatically crashing down.

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