Julieta
Rating: Year:2016
Cast:Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Inma Cuesta, Darío Grandinetti, Daniel Grao, Rossy de Palma Length:1h 39m
Director:Pedro Almodóvar Country:Spain
Writers:Pedro Almodóvar, Alice Munro Genre:Drama
Synopsis: A chance encounter causes a woman to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her daughter.
Rating:
Cast:Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Inma Cuesta, Darío Grandinetti, Daniel Grao, Rossy de Palma
Director:Pedro Almodóvar
Writers:Pedro Almodóvar, Alice Munro
Year:2016
Length:1h 39m
Country:Spain
Genre:Drama
Synopsis: A chance encounter causes a woman to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her daughter.

Julieta (Emma Suárez) is moving to Portugal with her lover Lorenzo (Darío Grandinetti). However, she runs into Beatriz (Michelle Jenner) a childhood friend her daughter's. In catching up she learns that Bea has recently seen her daughter and we learn that Julieta has not seen her daughter in some time.

Julieta returns to her apartment, cancels her trip to Portugal, asks her lover to leave her, moves into another apartment and begins writing to her daughter. She writes of how it came to be that she and her daughter are estranged. We see her life in flashbacks, where her younger self is played by Adriana Ugarte. Her life, her loves, her daughter and their separation unfold over the rest of the movie.

Another Almodóvar woman on the verge... It was an okay movie, some liked it more than others. The acting was excellent, especially Ugarte as young Julieta, The supporting cast is good and occassionally wonderful, noteworthy are Grandinetti as Lorenzo and de Palma as Marian. The cinematography is gorgeous but the plot was quite thin. We do not delve deeply into explanations or motivations as to why people did the things they did and so are left filling in the void ourselves. This can be fun in a movie and often more enjoyable that being bludgeoned with obvious explanations, but here it simply got to be too much work to try.

The pacing was slow and uneven, some sections filled with events and actions and others dragging slowly. Overall we liked the movie, somewhat, and felt it was definitely worth watching ... but perhaps only once.