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Madres paralelas

Venezia 78 Competition
Pedro Almodóvar
Remotamente Films / El Deseo D.A. (Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García)
Running Time:
Main Cast:
Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Julieta Serrano, Rossy De Palma
Pedro Almodóvar
José Luis Alcaine
Teresa Font
Production Designer:
Antxon Gómez
Costume Designer:
Paola Torres
Alberto Iglesias
Sergio Bürmann


Two women 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 is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatised. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in those hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and becomes complicated, changing their lives in a decisive way.

Director’s Statement

The film starts with Janis looking for the means to open a mass grave containing the body of her great-grandfather, murdered in the Spanish civil war, and ends three years later with the opening of the grave. In between and at the center of the film, her relationship with Ana and its very unexpected complications. Madres paralelas talks about ancestors and descendants, about the truth of the historical past and the most intimate truth of the characters. It talks about identity and maternal passion through three very different mothers. Along with Janis and Ana, there is Ana’s mother, selfish and without any maternal instinct. It’s the imperfections of these mothers, very different from those who have appeared in my filmography to date, that attract me most as a narrator. This is the most difficult character that Penélope Cruz has ever played, and probably the most painful. The result is splendid. At her side, the young Milena Smit becomes the great revelation of the film. The purity and innocence of her Ana accentuate the darker parts of Janis. Both are very well accompanied by Aitana Sánchez Gijón and Israel Elejalde. At the end, they will all form part of a diverse and unexpected family, that is also real and authentic.


PRODUCTION 1: Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García - Remotamente Films A.I.E. / El Deseo D.A., S.L.U.
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