7/10 (IMDB)

Parallel Mothers

2h 03m Drama
Parallel Mothers
Parallel Mothers


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


Pedro Almodóvar


Penélope Cruz, Rossy de Palma, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón


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  • "In a world turned careful and considered (not by choice but by necessity) this extravagant, exuberant, magnificently messy movie, punch-drunk on story and delirious with drama, is the antidote to a cinematic lethargy you may not even have known you were feeling, until one of its legitimately insane plot pirouettes forcibly reminds you just how much dimension and chaos and vitality a flat beam of light projected onto a wall can contain."
    - The Playlist
  • "It’s a film of cascading twists and turns, of thickening complication, of high family drama. Hearing that, you might imagine that it’s a movie of high comedy as well — a giddy and ironic Almodóvarian stew of maternal diva melodrama. But PARALLEL MOTHERS, while it keeps us hooked on what’s happening with a showman’s finesse, is not a comedy. It’s not an over-the-top Pedro party.c"
    - Variety
  • "While PARALLEL MOTHERS doesn’t match the intricately interwoven layers of Almodóvar’s top-tier work — All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Pain and Glory — and some of its key plot disclosures can be seen coming, that doesn’t make the melodrama any less gripping or emotionally satisfying."
    - The Hollywood Reporter


  • Venice Film Festival
  • Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival


  • Venice Film Festival
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
  • Camerimage Int'l Film Festival
  • Hamptons Int'l Film Festival
  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival
  • La Roche-sur-Yon Int'l Film Festival
  • Leiden Int'l Film Festival
  • Int'l Film Festival of India
  • Geneva Int'l Film Festival
  • Independent Film Festival Boston
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • and more...