Parallel Mothers A Dose of High Family Drama

Is it hard for single parents to raise their kids? I am not sure we would be able to empathise with them ever, but I am sure that the movie “Parallel Mothers” will make us realise it. Pedro Almodóvar wrote and directed Parallel Mothers, a Spanish drama film released in 2021. Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit appear in the film. Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Israel Elejalde, Julieta Serrano, and Rossy de Palma also star.

On September 1, 2021, it made its global premiere as the opening film of the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Sony Pictures Releasing International will release it in Spain on October 8, 2021, and it will be the closing picture of the 2021 New York Film Festival on October 8, 2021.

What is the Movie all about?

Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers,” which premiered at the 78th Venice Film Festival, tells the storey of two single mothers who give birth to their baby daughters almost simultaneously (they’re roommates in a Madrid maternity ward), and it’s a film full of cascading twists and turns, thickening complication, and high family drama. Hearing that, you would think it’s a high-concept comedy — a giddy and sarcastic Almodóvarian stew of maternal diva melodrama. But “Parallel Mothers” is not a comedy, despite the fact that it keeps us riveted to what’s going on with showmanship.

Pedro’s celebration isn’t extravagant. It’s an unapologetically serious film, so meticulously crafted and emotionally relatable that there’s no separation between the viewer and what’s going on onscreen. The image entices you in and keeps you there. It’s Almodóvar’s disarmingly touching ode to motherhood’s fluctuating, ever-bending connections and the inescapable pull of family, and it might wind up being his most popular picture since 1999’s “All About My Mother,” despite its stark contrast in tone.

Parallel Mothers

Extra’s for the Film

Pedro Almodóvar revealed in February 2021 that he was already planning to direct his new film, Madres paralelas, starring Penélope Cruz, Israel Elejalde, Julieta Serrano, and Rossy de Palma. On March 12, 2021, it was revealed that Pedro Almodóvar planned to include Anya Taylor-Joy in the film’s lead cast.

Principal filming began on March 12, 2021, and ended on April 22, 2021, in Madrid, Spain. Madrid, Torrelaguna, and Torremocha de Jarama were among the filming locations. The film was produced by El Deseo and Remotamente Films AIE with the help of RTVE and Netflix, and it was also supported by the ICAA.

The cast of The Movie

Penélope Cruz

She is a well-known Spanish actress. She has received several awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award, as well as Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations.

Cruz was born to Encarna Sánchez, an Andalusian hairdresser and personal manager, and Eduardo Cruz, an Extremaduran shopkeeper and auto mechanic, in the municipality of Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. Mónica, who is also an actress, and Eduardo, who is a singer, are her two siblings. Salma, her paternal half-sister, is also her sibling.

She was brought up as a devout Roman Catholic. Cruz grew raised in Alcobendas, where she spent a lot of time at her grandmother’s house. She stated that she had a pleasant upbringing. “I was playing with several buddies and was conscious that I was acting as though I was playing with them,” Cruz recalls. I’d make up a persona and act as though I were someone else.

Aitana Sánchez-Gijón 

She is a Spanish actress who has appeared in several films. Angel Sánchez-Gijón Martnez, a history professor, and Fiorella de Angelis, an Italian mathematics professor, gave birth to her in Rome. She was born and raised in Spain.

Sánchez-Gijón is most known for her dramatic performances in Spain, but she initially gained worldwide recognition for her appearance in A Walk in the Clouds as Victoria Aragon, a pregnant and abandoned Mexican-American winegrower’s daughter who is saved by travelling salesman Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves).

Julieta Serrano

She is a Spanish actress who has worked in theatre and film. Her illustrious career dates back to the 1960s, and she has collaborated with filmmakers such as Pedro Almodóvar and Ventura Pons. She received the Premio Nacional de Teatro award in September 2018.

Rossy de Palma

Rossy de Palma, also known as Rossy, is a Spanish actress and model. She is well-known for her appearances in Pedro Almodóvar’s films, including Law of Desire.

Release Date

Pathé bought the film’s UK distribution rights on February 4, 2021. Sony Pictures Classics purchased the film’s distribution rights in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand on April 23, 2021. On September 1, 2021, the film made its international debut at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. It is set to be published on October 8, 2021, in Spain. 

It will also be published on December 24, 2021, in the United States. On January 28, 2022, it will also be published in the United Kingdom. Due to Instagram’s nudity policies, the film’s theatrical release poster, which included a lactating breast, was taken down. The “free the nipple” campaign, for example, slammed the decision.

Wrapping Up

I am sure you are going to get much insight into the life of single mothers from this movie, so what are you waiting for? But we still have to wait for its release. Till then the time you can check out our articles on movies and series you would love to hear. 

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