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Julieta finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar revisiting familiar themes -- and doing so with his signature skill.
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Suárez gives a searing performance in the lead role, her grief overwhelming her to the point where she physically wears it on her body.
Almodóvar makes a game effort to replicate Munro's complex, nonchronological storytelling, though the three tales don't hang together as well as one might hope.
"Julieta" is a paean to longing, regret and the often painful experience of being human.
"Julieta" is filled with Almodóvar's usual attention to vivid color (a turquoise turtleneck worn by young Julieta seems to add notes to the film's moody musical score), and to the ways women talk to each other.
Pedro Almodóvar's latest isn't his strongest, but his vibrant, vivid world of women is always a great place to be.
The moral of the story is clear: watch out for morals. They corrode the aforementioned generosity and understanding, leaving us lonely and bereft.
This is the most Almodóvar film that could have been made in recent years. [Full Review in Spanish]
Is this a new direction for Pedro Almodóvar, who has made excess the hallmark of his long career?
Julieta is paced quite well -- with Almodóvar slowly putting the pieces to this puzzle together. Even when the story sometimes veers a little too much into soap opera territory, Suarez's earnest performance pulls it all back together.
[Almodóvar] continues to be a leading figure in telling women's stories, and pulls this one off with just enough majesty to keep you in its sway.
Exploding off the screen in a blast of colour and compassion, Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta is one of 2016's cinematic treasures.
Compared to Almodóvar's grand masterpieces, his latest might seem quaint. But Julieta is a subtle force of nature, elementally connected with its lead character and her battle to regain personal and familial balance.
I don't know what is so revelatory about what Julieta wants to tell her daughter, all I know for sure is that this corny soap opera feels more like a cheap excuse for Almodóvar to tell whatever comes to his mind even if he doesn't really seem to have anything to say.
Sophisticated but schmaltzy and formulaic. There is no emotional payoff for our investment in the characters.
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