Julieta Reviewed By Cam Eagle

The Premise
Julieta (Suarez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo. Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea, former best friend of her daughter Antia, who reveals that Anita is living in Switzerland married with three children. After 12 years of total absence of her daughter, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and moves to her former building in the hope that Antia will someday communicate with her by letter. Alone with her thoughts, Julieta starts to write her memories to confront the pain of the events that happened when she was a teenager (Ugarte) and met Xoan, a Galician fisherman.

The Review
Please Note: This film is rated Mature for Sex Scenes and those scenes certainly didn’t leave much to the imagination. Some would consider this to be too much graphic content for one’s liking. So, bare that I mind when thinking if this film is for you.

When Julieta (Suarez) meets a face from her past in the street this chance meeting rekindles Julieta’s search for a family member.

This intriguing tale of searching for love and relationships, guilt and family estrangement draws you into the clever storytelling which keeps you guessing.
New found hope takes Julieta’s broken heart on a new journey to familiar places from days gone by when the flimsy fabric she has built her life on crashes to the ground.

The romantic drama is carried by the two female lead characters, aided by the switching of the main actress from her younger self to her older version at a critical moment.

A Spanish slice of Message in a Bottle, Julieta considers the knock-on effects on different characters and at times comes across as teaching a lesson to hold family close, keep the family communication lines open and also reflects upon the consequences of affairs.

The Verdict
Woven together well amidst stunning cinematography, Julieta is a good piece of storytelling that works well as a Spanish movie.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 17th November 2016
Rating: M – Contains sex scenes
Duration: 99 minutes 
Genre:  Drama/Romance
Starring: Adriana Ugarte, Michelle Jenner, Rossy de Palma
Director: Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, Volver)

The Extras
The original screenplay was written in English, but when Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar went scouting to Canada, the director felt insecure to shoot in a place he didn't really know, in a language he didn't master and with a story he felt worked better at Spain.

Based on three stories by Alice Munro: "Chance," "Soon" and "Silence," from her 2004 collection Runaway.

All the sculptures made by Ava are in reality made by Miquel Navarro, a well-known artist from Spain.

This is Pedro Almodóvar's 20th feature film.

This marks Almodóvar's return to drama, more specifically "women's" drama, which he hasn't worked on since Volver (2006).

A Richard Serra painting appears in the film.

Official submission of Spain for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.

Pedro Almodóvar cancelled all his interviews and the official premiere in Madrid after he and his brother were linked to the Panama Papers scandal.