After the death of her beloved teenage son in an accident, Roth leaves Madrid for Barcelona to cope with her grief, hook up with old friends, and – just maybe – contact the long-estranged father the boy never knew.
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A great film that touches upon motherhood, sexuality (of all kinds), acting, and the abandonment and abuse of women by men. The first film I've seen by Pedro Almodovar and he's clearly a great filmmaker. I dug his influences (Sirk, Tennessee Williams, Bunuel, etc.) and his progressive & feminist point of view. A very emotional and powerful experience.
Almodovar has a rare ability to draw the most unlikely of strands together into a convincing whole. Like tectonic plates that should grate alarmingly, his synthesises of improbabilities, vulgarities and allusions work - not because of garish melodramatics (although they're frequently a treat) but that they're shot through - as here - with a very humane feeling for affinity and love. An earthy triumph.
What I love about Almodovar films is it's unpredictability. You just float to wherever the plot takes you and trust that he delivers every single time! His formula: Strong female leads, great acting, complex plot and colourful cinematography that keeps you indulged from start to finish.
Almodovar's love letter to the various sides of womanhood. What struck me, seeing this film in a packed house at the Metrograph, is how the heroines dabble in different societal roles for women—nurse, mother, whore, nun, diva—but are still defined by their individuality, bonding in a microcosm where men are scarcely present. The other coup is the balance of tones; mixing comedy with an HIV diagnosis takes skill.
Even-though I like the themes it deals with, I wasn't impressed. It looked a bit like a patchwork of eccentric characters and storylines just thrown together. The bright colour schemes and compositions were good, and so were the actors and the soundtrack, but it could have used a more restrained plot.
Really adore how this film made as a tribute with a lot of feminism element. Surely undoubtedly One Of Almodovars's very finest ( although he himself seems didn't comfortable for being so prestigious at work )
Wow. I mean... wow. Truly a beautiful cinematic experience. The colors, the characters, the music all completely resonated with me on a very deep level. This is only my 3rd Almodovar, and yet I'm already convinced of his genius. A truly gifted filmmaker. Oh, and I loved the dedication at the end.
Such a lovely film! Anyone who loves their mother should watch this one. Almodovar brings such compassion, humanity and humor to his characters that they almost seem real despite acting like they're in a telenovela. Oh, and the colors! Each scene is so meticulously framed, staged, and shot. Every camera movement perfect! Almodovar is one of the great directors of our age.