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Julieta (Spanish with English Subtitles)

At the beginning of the film, we see Julieta, seemingly happy and ready to move to Portugal with her lover Lorenzo. While walking to the market, Julieta bumps into Beatriz, who says that she just saw Juliet’s daughter Ava and her children. Julieta’s mood suddenly changes, and she decides not to leave Madrid. The film tells the story of Julieta and Ava in flashback. Aldomovar does a few things really well in his movies: He uses a lot of color, particularly red, that makes the films stylish and visually appealing; he tells a really good story; and he has a unique way of making women the centerpiece of his films. He does all of these very well in this film as well. Many of the women in this movie are bound together by tragedy and loss, and I love the exploration of relationships and regrets, and the enormous strength to persevere in adversity these women possess. Thumbs up from me for a movie that doesn’t carry the same depth as some of his other films, like Talk to Her and All About My Mother, but it still is a very satisfying and touching story.

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