France adores Pedro Almodóvar: his new film, ‘Parallel Mothers’, has placed first at the box office on its opening weekend. As pointed out by the producer and brother of the director, Agustín Almodóvar, it is a remarkable fact considering that the film was not presented at the Cannes Film Festival and it also supposes, the second best result in France for an Almodóvar film after ‘Volver’.
On its first day of release, the film managed to gather 43,286 viewers and over the weekend it has positioned itself ahead of other hit titles such as Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci House’ and Disney’s ‘Encanto’. ‘Parallel mothers’ thus becomes one of the best independent premieres in the Gallic country in 2021.
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Penelope Cruz, who stars in the film and won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival thanks to her, she wanted to celebrate these good data on her Instagram profile. The actress, who also sounds like a candidate for the Oscars 2022, shared with her followers two photographs of the filming with his partner, Milena Smit:
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With this good news, the Spanish production continues on its way in a season in which it not only has a chance at the North American awards, but also as nominated for the next Goyas 2022. Although at the Spanish Academy Awards he will have to deal with the most nominated film in history, ‘The Good Patron’ by Fernando León de Aranoa. Thus, we will have to wait to see what awards Pedro Almodóvar and his team can take home.
‘Parallel mothers’ is “the story of two women, Janis (Cruz) and Ana (Smit), who meet in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. They are both single and accidentally got pregnant. Janis, middle-aged, has no regrets and in the hours leading up to delivery she is abuzz. The other, Ana, is a teenager and is scared, sorry and traumatized. Janis tries to cheer her up as they sleepwalk through the hospital corridor. The few words that cross in those hours will create a very close bond between the two, which chance will be in charge of developing and complicating in such a resounding way that it will change the lives of both. “The cast is completed with Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Israel Elejalde, Rossy de Palma and Julieta Serrano.
In her review of ‘Parallel Mothers’ for FOTOGRAMAS, Beatriz Martínez wrote that the film “It is committed to dialogue as opposed to artifice, to naturalness without neglecting contradictions, to the lights and shadows of its characters. It is a political film, but also deeply human that gives us a character, that of Penelope Cruz, who it condenses all the spirit of a film made of heart and bones, of tenderness and liberating spirit “.
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