Friday, December 23, 2016

Julieta (2016)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Emma Suárez. 99 min. Rated R. Spain. Drama.

Through a story told almost entirely in flash-back (with Almodóvar's familiar style of voice-overs and uplifting colors), a mother loses touch with her daughter, and while there are hints at the reasons for this catastrophe, we're still never definitively sure (or convinced) why the daughter deliberately removed herself from her mother's life - as though the vague motivations are intentional. And that's where Almodóvar lost me, because he makes this a study of how the mother slowly unravels from within, without making a strong case for whether her suffering is necessary in the first place.

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