Director: Pedro Almodóvar Starring: Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte Running Time: 96 minutes
In Julieta, the latest film from prolific Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, guilt casts a cloud over everything. It dooms relationships from the beginning, causes dramatic upheavals and deep denials and causes rifts between mother and daughter that neither fully understand until its years too late. Adapting three short stories from the book Runaway by Alice Munro, Almodóvar manages to make one cohesive story, using guilt as a throughline to explore the relationship between a mother and daughter. The director’s melodramatic style is present but toned down in Julieta, which presents the breakdown in their relationship as a mystery where the clues come in the form of character’s neurosis rather than a candle sticks left in conservatories.