Archive of films Julieta / Julieta

2016, 99 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2016

After a chance encounter with the best friend of her daughter Antía, Julieta decides not to leave Madrid, hoping that, after many years, she will see Antía again. While she waits for some kind of contact from her daughter, she writes her a letter in an attempt to clarify a mystery from the past, and to shed light on her own mistakes. Almodóvar’s melodrama features two actresses playing Julieta – Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte – representing two periods in the character’s life.


Julieta is about to leave Madrid for good when she bumps into her daughter’s best friend. When Bea tells her that she recently spoke to Antía, Julieta decides to stay in the city, hoping that she will see her daughter again after her distressing disappearance years earlier. She decides to write to Antía, telling her all the things she had hidden from her and what happened to push them apart. She speaks of fate, of her remorse, and her struggle with her own personality, thus allowing the viewer to witness the reawakening of this complex character’s past existence. The director entrusted the part of Julieta to two actresses: Emma Suárez as a mother who now longs to reconnect with her daughter, and Adriana Ugarte, who takes the role of the younger Julieta. The Spanish filmmaker found inspiration for his return to passionate women and erring mothers in the short stories of Canadian writer Alice Munro, yet the literary model in Almodóvar’s treatment acquires a measure of affection in the lightly ironic melodrama that characterises his best work.

Eva Zaoralová

About the director

Pedro Almodóvar (b. 1949, Calzada de Calatrava, Spain) lived in Madrid from the age of 17, where he became a crucial figure in the underground movement “movida madrileña.” He began in 1974 as a self-taught filmmaker, creating his first feature in 1980: the “punk” movie Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980). He secured international recognition with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1987). During the 1980s he gained a reputation as an iconic auteur. The central themes of almost all his films are interpersonal relationship issues, human isolation, love and passion. The Flowers of My Secret (1995) took Best Actress at KVIFF 31. All about My Mother (1999) and Talk to Her (2002) won Oscars. Other Almodóvar films have also screened at KVIFF: Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006), Broken Embraces (2009) and The Skin I Live In (2011).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar na základě povídek  / based on the short stories by Alice Munro
Dir. of Photography: Jean-Claude Larrieu
Music: Alberto Iglesias
Editor: José Salcedo
Art Director: Carlos Bodelón, Federico García Cambero
Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García
Production: El Deseo
Cast: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Michelle Jenner
Sales: FilmNation Entertainment
Distributor: AQS a.s.


Adriana Ugarte


Emma Suarez


Andrea Metcalfe



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