Milena Smit (left) and Penélope Cruz in a still from Parallel Mothers, directed by Pablo Almodóvar. Photo: El Deseo Milena Smit (left) and Penélope Cruz in a still from Parallel Mothers, directed by Pablo Almodóvar. Photo: El Deseo
Milena Smit (left) and Penélope Cruz in a still from Parallel Mothers, directed by Pablo Almodóvar. Photo: El Deseo

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Venice 2021: Parallel Mothers movie review – Penélope Cruz stars in Pedro Almodóvar’s thought-provoking melodrama, set against Spain’s history of dictatorship

  • Venice International Film Festival opens with Spanish director’s latest movie to star Penélope Cruz. She plays a photographer who gives birth after an affair
  • Then comes a twist, and a subplot about the legacy of the Franco dictatorship in Spain. This is Almodóvar at his most serious

Topic |   European films
Milena Smit (left) and Penélope Cruz in a still from Parallel Mothers, directed by Pablo Almodóvar. Photo: El Deseo Milena Smit (left) and Penélope Cruz in a still from Parallel Mothers, directed by Pablo Almodóvar. Photo: El Deseo
Milena Smit (left) and Penélope Cruz in a still from Parallel Mothers, directed by Pablo Almodóvar. Photo: El Deseo
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