Julieta. 2016. Spain. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. With Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Inma Cuesta, Daniel Grao. DCP. In Spanish; English subtitles. 96 min.
Almodóvar’s latest film is inspired by a trio of short stories from Canadian writer Alice Munroe’s Runaway. Julieta has been estranged from her daughter for years, and multiple flashbacks tell the sorrowful story how she tried to put aside the past but must confront it to move forward. What is revealed is a past filled with love, youthful passion, death, loss, and regret. Almodóvar injects a touch of Hitchcockian mystery and fatalism to make this family melodrama uniquely engrossing.