Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Julieta 2016

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar (All About My Mother) returns to his roots with another satisfying female-centric emotional drama, cutting between past and present to explore the loves and regrets of his anxious heroine.

Spain In Spanish with English subtitles
96 minutes DCP
M (sex scenes)

Director

Producer

Esther García

Screenplay

Pedro Almodóvar. Based on the short stories ‘Chance’
,
‘Soon’ and ‘Silence’ by Alice Munro

Photography

Jean-Claude Larrieu

Editor

José Salcedo

Production designer

Antxon Gómez

Costume designer

Sonia Grande

Music

Alberto Iglesias

With

Emma Suàrez (Julieta)
,
Adriana Ugarte (young Julieta)
,
Daniel Grao (Xoan)
,
Darío Grandinetti (Lorenzo)
,
Inma Cuesta (Ava)
,
Rossy de Palma (Marián)

Festivals

Cannes (In Competition) 2016

Straight from its Cannes Competition berth, Pedro Almodóvar’s new film elegantly elides three short stories by Alice Munro. Moving between past and present, he explores the emotional journey of his heroine as she embarks on a long and revealing letter to her estranged daughter – a letter filled with regret, guilt and love.

“When we first see the middle-aged Julieta, played by Emma Suárez, she’s dressed head to toe in bright red, and in Almodóvar’s impeccably designed, colour-coordinated world, that means something. When we first see her younger self, played by Adriana Ugarte, she’s decked out all in bright blue, and the film is a steady cataloguing of how blue became red, of the ways in which the one woman transformed into the other and learned to accept the hurt of the world. (The striking switch from the younger to the older actress actually comes right in the middle of a scene, and it’s beautifully, heartbreakingly well done.)

Guilt seems to run Julieta’s life, and it infects those around her as well. These women absorb guilt and responsibility for the men around them, often unfairly; they judge themselves for the corrosive, sometimes fatal decisions their men – husbands, fathers, boyfriends – wind up making. But like many Almodóvar films, the story bends toward unity and common ground.” — Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“His manipulation of time frames, his sly infusions of comedy and his flawless direction of his actors – all merge together with the dexterity of an artist who doesn’t need to wow us to earn our love.” — Justin Chang, LA Times