Spanish auteur Pedro Almodavar’s latest film Julieta has hit Brisbane cinemas in all its melodramatic magnificence!
Played out through a series of flashbacks across 30 years, Julieta is a self-titled film about the intense tragedy and love that she experiences as a friend, lover, and most importantly mother. It all begins when Julieta accidentally crosses paths with her daughter’s childhood friend on the streets of Madrid, precipitating a collapse of her carefully constructed world built upon deeply buried secrets.
This run in forces Julieta to sit down and write, reminiscing on painful, vivid memories and guilt. Amidst all of this, bizarre side stories cleverly woven throughout eventually start to make sense as they fall gently into place.
Movies are more increasingly relying on aesthetics, big name celebrities and cinematic effects, to compensate for a mediocre story line and lack lustre script. But Julieta is an exception.
This film holds excellent narrative, is told beautifully, and will undoubtedly leave you mentally listing things to discuss when it is over.
Julieta is a classic Almodovar films with its fiery roll of the Spanish accent, unpredictable storyline and gorgeous classic outfits donned by the affluent Madrid upper echelon. If you like one, some or all of the above, we urge you to see Julieta!
Words by Rubini Gunaratnam
Details: Julieta | The Barracks Cinemas | Drama/ Romance/ Foreign | released 13 October 2016 | 96 minutes