Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
With Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao
Rated R, 99 minutes, DCP
Spanish with English subtitles
Heralded by many as Pedro Almodóvar’s return to form, Julieta is the Spanish auteur’s adaptation of a series of short stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro. The setting now relocated from Canada to Spain, Emma Suárez stars as the title character estranged from her daughter. What led to that rift and what might suture it unfolds over a series of moments in Julieta’s life, bouncing between periods and journeys that often end before beginning. A lush film (even for Almodóvar standards), Julieta benefits Alberto Iglesias’ score and Jean-Claude Larrieu’s cinematography push the film near Sirkian mellifluousness to create a zone reminiscent of Volver yet unique onto itself.