99 mins, Spain, 2016, Subtitled, Digital

This film was released 26th August 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★★ RTÉ.ie

Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, his 20th commercial feature, takes as its basis three short stories by Canadian Nobel laureate Alice Munro, spanning thirty years in the life of its titular character. We first meet Julieta as a middle-aged woman (Emma Suárez, once the muse of Julio Medem) whose plans to leave Madrid for Portugal with her boyfriend are dismissed when a chance encounter brings back memories of sadness and pain.

The film ashes back to the story of the younger Julieta (Adriana Ugarte), and her first meeting with fisherman Xoan, with whom she falls in love.
The two settle down to raise their daughter, Antía, together, but when tragedy strikes, its ripples lead to further loss, creating the melancholy woman of later years. The perhaps surprisingly subdued approach shows a new side to the director, and sees him still willing to explore new territory. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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