Parallel Mothers

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2022 Academy Award Nominee for Best Actress and Best Original Score
Written/directed by Pedro Almodovar | In Spanish w/English subtitles
Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way. Rated R. 123 minutes. Stars Penelope Cruz (nominated for Best Actress). Also starring Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Milena Smit, Rossy de Palma, and Israel Elejalda.
Parallel Mothers is Almodovar’s 22nd film – and his 7th with actress Penelope Cruz.
“The somber meets the surreal in a gorgeous movie with one of Penelope Cruz’s best performances.” Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times