In Variety's Up Next, we asked four Oscar winners to pick the one person who represents the future of Hollywood.Pedro Almodóvar describes his scripts as making a dish. “They need a lot of cooking time in the oven,” he says. Applying that logic to “Parallel Mothers,” it took about 10 to 12 years. Almodóvar has been writing since he was a child, but his initial goal was to be a novelist. But life had different plans — in the form...
The eccentric and daring Almodóvar scored again new film “Parallel Mothers,” about the relationship between a middle-aged woman (longtime collaborator Penélope Cruz) and an adolescent who meet in a hospital ahead of their simultaneous childbirths. The emotional drama received a nine-minute standing ovation after its premiere at the 2021 Venice Film Festival in September, earning Cruz the Volpi Cup for best actress. It’s a relatively tame effort by the Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker — whose movies are noted for their nudity, sex and off-kilter violence that push the boundaries of the MPA’s R rating — but nevertheless continues a streak of well-received films last maintained by Almodóvar’s 2019 awards contender, “Pain and Glory.”