"A DEEPLY SATISFYING, DOWN-TO-EARTH TALE OF GRIEF AND QUIET REDISCOVERY."
Adapted from three short stories from Alice Munro’s “Runaway” collection, this mother-daughter head trip revisits familiar terrain from the filmmaker who gave us “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “All About My Mother.” But adapting his temperament to match Munro’s signature restraint, Almodóvar tones it down in “Julieta.”
The film begins as the title character — a chic middle-aged classics professor living in Madrid — is preparing to move to Portugal with her dashing husband. When Julieta encounters a friend of her daughter Antía, from whom she has been estranged for several years, she makes the instinctive decision to stay put in the city. Almodóvar tells the ensuing story — much of it told in flashback — with well-calibrated suspense and captivating brio. Partly filmed on the romantic seaside of Galicia, “Julieta” is a nonstop visual feast. It’s no surprise that it is marvelous to look at, but it possesses just as much substance as style. --Washington Post
Almodóvar's admiration for the Alice Munro short stories is not misplaced. Despite rough patches, Julieta morphs into a haunting and hypnotic tribute to both their talents. Rolling Stone
Both a film noir and a candy-colored confection, Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta is one of the most absorbing films he's made in years. Village Voice
Cast Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao