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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Colorful, subtle, mature soap opera from Almodóvar.

Movie R 2016 99 minutes
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What happens when you cannot communicate and are trapped in your own thoughts

Another female centric Almodóvar film that engages and takes a few turns. The abruptness and the suffering in silence is difficult to warm up to and it is easy to feel that it is time wasted. But being wrapped up in your own grief and not communicating is a tough stance to sell in a film for 90 minutes. The film succeeds in telling a lucid and complex story about not communicating and being trapped in your own small feat.

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Spanish director Pedro Almodovar adapts three stories by Nobel Prize-winning writer Alice Munro; though his sensibilities are quite different from her style, the result is surprisingly satisfying. The three masterful, connected tales are from the 2004 collection Runaway -- a book that again allowed Munro to display her powerful gift. She can create incredibly rich and detailed worlds within the limited space of a short story; her tales sometimes feel like entire novels.

Almodovar isn't generally that subtle. He is, perhaps, along with Todd Haynes, the world's leading student of Douglas Sirk, bold like a beating heart, with giant swaths of red in every corner. But, somehow, Julieta emerges as a subtle soap opera, balanced between Munro's exquisite storytelling and Almodovar's more unsubtle style, a rewarding blend of anguished emotions and deep, intimate details. The director keeps the histrionics to a minimum, and there's very little of the aggravatingly broad humor found in his last film, I'm So Excited! The exceptional performances by both Suarez and Ugarte are the icing on a colorful cake.

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