The purposeful melodrama would be off-putting with any other contemporary director, but Almodóvar pulls it off by making the story humane and wonderfully warm at the same time. The strength and solidarity of the women is breathtaking, and the use of bright colours give energy to the cinematography. The story almost feels like another universe, but very plausible one. Add to that the beautiful Barcelona.
Almodóvar's characteristic humanism reaches a whole new level in this uplifting, witty and heart-breaking exploration of identity and loneliness. Never before has a film brought together such a plethora of fiercely powerful women, united by solitude and solidarity. In a touching homage to A Streetcar Named Desire, we are shown to all, ultimately, be "depend[ent] on the kindness of strangers".