Parallel Mothers

The new film from acclaimed Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodóvar, featuring Oscar-winning actress Penélope Cruz. It is the story of women, Janis and Ana, who coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way. Spanish with English subtitles. (R 123m)

A critics’ favorite at the Venice and New York Film Festivals, with a 99% aggregated review rating on Rotten Tomatoes.