Film Review — Parallel Mothers

Pedro Almodovar confronts Spain’s Falangist history via compelling maternal metaphors.

Credit: Sony Pictures Classics/Warner Brothers/Pathe

I came away from Pedro Almodovar’s new film Parallel Mothers unsure whether the final act was too much of a tonal lurch away from the rest of the film. It all went a bit Schindler’s List, when up to that point we’d been in a gripping maternal drama. Then it hit me. The…




A celluloid statement of faith: Films should first and foremost be seen in the cinema. I make every effort to do so, and do not review films released on “streaming”. Every film reviewed here is one I’ve seen on the big screen.

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Simon Dillon

Simon Dillon

Novelist and Short Story-ist. Film and Book Lover. If you cut me, I bleed celluloid and paper pulp. Blog:

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