Cannes 2016: Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta is wonderful emotional

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Cannes 2016 Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta is wonderful emotional (Foto: offizielles Pressefoto)
Cannes 2016 Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta is wonderful emotional (Foto: offizielles Pressefoto)

Sometimes people suffer one tragedy after another. Julieta is the story about a young mother that is experiencing unbelievable pain. It’s about parenthood and guilt and the suffer we create in ourselves.

But from the beginning: Julieta

Filmpsoter of Julieta (Foto: offizielles Pressefoto)
Filmpsoter of Julieta (Foto: offizielles Pressefoto)

Julieta lives together with her daughter Antia in Madrid. Both suffer silently under the the loss of Xoan, Antia’s father and Julieta’s husband. Sometimes a big loss doesn’t bring people together, it drives them further apart. After Antia turned 18 she joins a spiritual retreat for three months – she will never return to her mother and leaves her without explanation whatsoever. Julieta dedicates her life to the search of her daughter. But all she discovers is how little she actually knows about her.

Julieta is a film about a mother’s struggle to survive in uncertainty. At the same time it is about guilt complexes, hope and the strong power our beloved ones have over us. But also about the reasons people might have who are leaving their greatest fans in life.

Emotions and feelings govern our lives

The story of Julieta brings up tears of joy and sadness. A young woman is looking for love and follows her heart. The film is divided into two parts, played by a young and old Julieta.

Pedro Almodovar knows how to make Adriana Ugarte look good. (Foto: offizielles Pressefoto)
Pedro Almodovar knows how to make Adriana Ugarte look good. (Foto: offizielles Pressefoto)

The beautiful and talented Adriana Ugarte plays the first half and surprised the audience in Cannes. Who is this Talent from Spain? The 31 year old actress makes everyone smile and feel with her at the same time. Her obsession with guilt is transformed by her counterpart Emma Suárez, who drives the emotional pain into an extreme.

Pedro Almodóvar worked again with Alberto Iglesia. The music composer helped him already four times to get in the main competition of the film festival in Cannes. “Bad Education” from 2004, “Volver” from 2006, “Broken Embraces” in 2009 and “The Skin I Live In” in 2011 all made it into Cannes – a good team.

Emma Suárez (Foto: official pressfoto)Emma Suárez (Foto: official pressfoto)
Emma Suárez (Foto: official pressfoto)

Women in the film business

This year’s hot topic was the role of the woman in film. Women do have a hard time with fair payment and big movies. Main roles are barely given to female actors and scripts with a female carrier are produced less often than with male carriers.

Almodóvar proved the industry wrong. Women can play and lead a film to success as good as men. Maybe even better. His skilful Talent empowers women in film and production.

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