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After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar, Alice Munro (basado en "Destino", "Pronto" y "Silencio" de)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Suárez ... Julieta
Adriana Ugarte ... Julieta Joven
Daniel Grao ... Xoan
Inma Cuesta ... Ava
Darío Grandinetti ... Lorenzo (as Dario Grandinetti)
Michelle Jenner ... Beatriz
Pilar Castro ... Claudia (Madre de Beatriz)
Nathalie Poza ... Juana
Susi Sánchez ... Sara (Madre de Julieta)
Joaquín Notario ... Samuel (Padre de Julieta)
Priscilla Delgado ... Antía (Adolescente)
Blanca Parés Blanca Parés ... Antía (18 años)
Ariadna Martín Ariadna Martín
Rossy de Palma ... Marian
Sara Jiménez Sara Jiménez ... Beatriz (Adolescente)
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Storyline

Julieta (Emma 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 this one is living in Switzerland married and with three children. With the heart broken after 12 years of total absence of her daughter, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and she moves to her former building, in the hope that Antia someday communicates with her sending a letter. Alone with her thoughts, Julieta starts to write her memories to confront the pain of the events happened when she was a teenager (Adriana Ugarte) and met Xoan, a Galician fisherman. Falling in love with him, Julieta divides her time between the family, the job and the education of Antia until a fatal accident changes their lives. Slowly decaying in a depression, Julieta is helped by Antia and Bea, but one day Antia goes missing suddenly after a vacation with no clues about where to find ... Written by Chockys

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuljeta See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€610,590 (Spain), 8 April 2016, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,044, 23 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,489,848, 28 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,472,253, 16 January 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Richard Serra painting appears in the film. See more »

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When the train does an emergency brake and luggage and people are being tossed all over the place a coffee cup and coffee pot in front of the main character remains undisturbed. See more »

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References Take Shelter (2011) See more »

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Si no te vas
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Performed by Chavela Vargas
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Fate and mother/daughter relationships
25 March 2017 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Fate and mother/daughter relationships Pedro Almodóvar crowns his 30 year career as one of our most creative, controversial and brilliant cinematic artists with this his twentieth film – JULIETA – based on three short stories by Alice Munro as adapted for the screen by Almodóvar. Not only is the story mesmerizing and at times challenging to keep up with the director's ideas, it displays a brilliant cast of Spanish actors in one of the most impressive films of the past year.

One of the tricky directorial decisions is to employ two actresses to play the same character – one as the younger Julieta and one as the more mature Julieta. The manner in which Almodóvar transitions these two aspects of the personality of Julieta (as well as the stunning performances by the two actresses – Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte) is just one of the miracles of this film.

Briefly, after a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter. But more specifically, Julieta (Emma Suárez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo (Dario Grandinetti). They plan to move to Portugal when Julieta encounters Bea (Michelle Jenner), former best friend of her daughter Antia (Priscilla Delgado then Blanca Parés), who reveals that Antia is living in Switzerland and is married and with three children. With the heart broken after 12 years of total absence of her daughter, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and she moves to her former building, in the hope that Antia someday communicates with her sending a letter. Alone with her thoughts, Julieta starts to write her memories to confront the pain of the events happened when she was a teenager (Adriana Ugarte) and met Xoan (Daniel Grao), a Galician fisherman. Falling in love with him, Julieta divides her time between the family, the job and the education of Antia until a fatal accident changes their lives: Xoan is drowned at sea during a brutal storm. Slowly decaying in a depression, Julieta is helped by Antia and Bea, but one day Antia goes missing suddenly after a vacation with no clues about where to find her, leaving Julieta desperate to understand the reasons of her missing and her search leads to self discovery and acceptance of buried secrets – her own relationship with her mother and the kinship between like mother who happen to be mother/daughter.

The uniformly excellent cast includes the Almodóvar constant, Rossy de Palma, whose presence is a meaningful driver to the story. The musical score is by Alberto Iglesas and the lush cinematography is the work of Jean-Claude Larrieu. But the crown belongs to Pedro Almodóvar – another brilliant masterpiece.


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