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Film Review: ‘Parallel Mothers’: Director Pedro Almodóvar Has Mommy Issues

NR | 2h 3min | Drama, Mystery, History | 21 January 2022 (USA) Over the span of 40 years, Spanish writer and director Pedro Almodóvar has made 22 features and not a single one of them could be considered sub-par. There are some which are undeniably excellent (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “All About My Mother,” “Volver,” “The Skin I Live In,” “Pain and Glory”); there are others that are merely very good and “Parallel Mothers” falls into the latter category. While there are a few others with differing subject matter, the most common thread in Almodóvar’s movies is women and their challenges not shared by men. The most frequently explored of these are variations on motherhood; the ups, the downs, the complications, the rewards, and the tolls on the nervous system. Carrying a child to term and giving birth is something no man can ever experience and, sadly, is one of the few …

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