Pedro Almodovar’s Essential Films, From Volver to Parallel Moms


After the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975, there was only one Spaniard who remained a consistent voice for freedom, exoticism, and love: Pedro Almodóvar. The director has not only proven to be an artist with a vision, but also an important figure in the development of Spain as a free and tolerant democracy after Franco’s reign of terror. Now, after years of turning down job opportunities in America, Almodovar is finally making the leap. This year, announce a Western movie titled strange way of life Starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke as well The first feature film in English, Women’s hygiene guide Starring Cate Blanchett. For Americans unaware of his funny genius, here are some of his best, most controversial, and creative films.

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In one of the most exciting melodramas of the 21st century, Almodovar made us laugh and cry. volver The film is set in a small town in Manchigan, where secrets abound and the dead never rest. It’s best to get into the cold and let its mysteries envelop you in this Spanish tale of betrayal, motherly affection, and trauma. with Penelope Cruz In the introduction, the story acquires grace, strength, and incredible emotional depth. No other film can boast of winning the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for all of its leading women. For a story that contains hints from Mildred Pierce With more recent shows, this is the movie to watch!

All About My Mother (1999)

All about my mother Almodovar won his first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and forced the world to sympathize with the people they happily ignore. When Manuela (Cecilia Roth), a single mother in Madrid, who sees her only son dying on his 18th birthday, decides to return to Barcelona to tell the father of the death of the son he never knew about. In the 1990s, when homophobia and transphobia were at an all-time high with the advent of the AIDS crisis, Almodovar gave humanity to the LGBTQ community and showed that anyone, no matter what they did or who they were, deserved to be loved.

His latest film nearly earned Penelope Cruz an Oscar for Best Actress and tackles Francoiste’s past in Spain in a way never seen before in his other films. Parallel mothers It follows two unmarried women who accidentally become pregnant and meet during childbirth in the same hospital. Their lives intertwine in a way they could never have predicted and they teach each other not to forget the past and forge a better future. Penelope Cruz and Melina Smit They have impeccable chemistry and research questions of motherhood, forgiveness, and secrets that consume us with a sensitive force.

Almodovar’s most autobiographical explores what it takes to become an artist. Pain and glory Tells the story of Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) as he grows from a young, precocious boy in a small cavernous town in Manchigan into an accomplished author struggling to make sense of his life. Almodovar on the one hand gives us a story about the pains of growing up in a strange place as well as examining his romantic failures and career successes. More than any of his films, this one feels like a vicious intrusion into his life that wouldn’t be comforting were it not for the ease with which he tells this story.

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This is a very special collaboration between Almodovar and Cruz because it is the only time she has not played a pregnant woman or a mother. broken hugs The routine life of blind retired director Harry Kane beginsLouis Homar), and reverts to his disastrous affair with the lead actress, Lena (Cruz), which leads to the downfall of his career. Almodovar explores the unhealthy obsession and entitlements of the upper class in a way no other manager has. This is the tragedy that comes when money controls art and mixes fear with love.

High Heels (1991)

Many films focus on the unhealthy Freudian love between a son and his mother, but not much focus on the same love between a daughter and her mother. One of Almodovar’s strangest films, high heels Follow Rebecca (Victoria AprilShe reunites with her mother, Becky del Páramo.Marisa Paredes) and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation along the way. It’s an early Almodóvar textbook with its vibrant colors, random musical numbers, and weird drag queens. However, with all of Almodóvar’s central perversions, it remains an essential story about an abandoned child’s need for love.

This remains Almodovar’s most controversial film. Tie me up! Bind me! It begins when 23-year-old Ricky (Antonio Banderas) is released from a mental institution and decides to kidnap porn star turned actress, Marina (Victoria April). Almodovar uses this hilarious and dangerous love story to poke holes in mainstream films’ portrayals of romance. Many Hollywood rom-coms feature morally questionable power plays and deception, but they are often dismissed as mere sentimental displays of emotion. Almodovar parodies these clichés while also giving us a unique and timeless love story.

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Almodovar’s first film to receive an Academy Award nomination, Women are on the verge of a nervous breakdown Make him a world star. The movie revolves around Pepa (Carmen Mora), a 30-year-old Spanish woman is reeling after her split from the elusive Ivan. After she decides to commit suicide with a gazpacho full of sleeping pills, her world is turned upside down. Looking at the burning family, Shiite terrorists, and murderous mothers that appear in this movie, it’s impossible to get bored of this movie feast.

Talk to Her (2002)

talk to her It is one of Almodovar’s few films that revolve around two male protagonists, offering a completely different perspective on the director. The two men, Benigno and Marco could not be different, but their love for two comatose women binds them together. Almodovar offers a friendly examination of the line between love and obsession and how easy it is to cross it. While most of the men in Almodovar films are severely punished for their heinous acts, these men are given a compassionate image. Although they are not saints, they give a deep sense never before seen to the straight men in the movie.

The skin I live in It is one of the few scary and hard-to-watch movies in the director’s work. It follows brilliant plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Lidegaard (Antonio Banderas), who recently created damage-resistant artificial skin. A guinea pig is a mysterious woman imprisoned in his house and she is not what she seems to be. This is it Body horror without bloody cries And with more comments on gender-based violence. With the help of Banderas and Elena AnayaAlmodovar examines sexual identity, sexuality, and the violence of self-actualization in a uniquely disturbing way.

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