"Julieta" is an adaptation of several Alice Munro stories
about a single mother drifting into depression as she searches
for her missing daughter and discovers much about her traumatic
past is not what it seems. The film stars Emma Suarez as the
older Julieta and Adriana Ugarte as the younger iteration of the
character. Almovodar, 66, known for complex dramas such as "Hable
con Ella" ("Talk to Her"), "Todo sobre mi madre" ("All About My
Mother") and "Volver," said “Julieta” presented a new challenge
"I used to make a lot of melodramas, I mean dramas with a lot of
sense of humor, music and strange situations. But in this
case...there is so much pain in this story that I wanted to -
just to make it more softer way that I could. So I mean this
sobriety, it was something new for me and it's related more with
a dark drama than with melodrama," the Oscar-winning director
told Reuters at the film’s UK premiere on Wednesday.
Debuting his 20th film, Almovodar looked back on his own career,
saying he “dreamed to be a director” since childhood. When asked
about his contribution to Spanish cinema, Almodovar said his
country's diverse culture was at the heart of his work, and
discussed the changing portrayals of his female characters
through the years.
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"In the Eighties I was starting doing everything, and also the
country was starting in a new period - it was the moment when the
Spanish democracy birth again. So the character that I wrote, I mean
the female characters that I wrote at the moment, they were very
different from now because of the decade. It was a decade full of
passion, full of freedom and it was a big explosion, it was a unique
moment in the history of my country," he said.
The film opens in cinemas across the UK on August 26 and hits the
United States on December 21.
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