“Parallel Mothers” steals up on the viewer. For most of its running time, Pedro Almodovar’s 22nd feature appears to be a classic melodrama of the director’s late period – less busy with side characters and subplots than most – about the fallout from a mix-up at a maternity hospital. But it becomes something very different indeed. Spain’s most celebrated living director started out as a flamboyant and occasionally flippant outsider, both charting and driving the ’movida Madrilena’ in a series of gleefully provocative indie films.
In his latest, he has become something very like the elder statesman of all that is anti-establishment in Spain – reminding a forgetful country of the historical anger and desire for retribution following the death of Franco which underlined the movida in the first place.
Lee Marshall, Screen International
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Pedro Almodóvar (snd 1949)
Valik: Matador (1986), Carne trémula (1997, Elav liha, PÖFF 1998), Todo sobre mi madre (Kõik minu emast, PÖFF 1999), Hable con ella (Räägi temaga, PÖFF 2002), La mala educación (Halb kasvatus, 2004), Volver (2006), La piel que habito (Nahk, milles ma elan, 2011), Dolor y gloria (Valu ja hiilgus, 2019), Madres paralelas (Parallel Mothers, 2021)
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