Parallel Mothers

Parallel Mothers ★★★★

Almodovar is a master of melodrama, but here the director uses the genre as a template to narrate how buried secrets from the past can, literally or figuratively, emerge. The personal and the political are delicately intertwined, providing not only a complex depiction of motherhood (one of Almodovar's central themes) but also of intergenerational trauma. Cruz and Smit are phenomenal.

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