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1,483 Ratings


Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain, 2016


After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

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Julieta Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

2016 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

BAFTA Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Film not in the English Language

A subtle force of nature, elementally connected with its lead character and her battle to regain personal and familial balance. Each moment builds upon the last, every inch of the frame representing an important clue. One sculpture becomes a recurring motif, created with a sturdy base by its artist “so the wind can’t knock it over.” Indeed, Julieta often finds endurance and resilience from the relics of her past.
January 10, 2017
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The movie is entirely self-sufficient; you don’t have to have read Munro to get the picture, or to revel in the movie’s brilliant colors and full-heartedly florid storytelling. But for those who love both Munro and Almodovar, there’s meat here in the relative pleasures of reading and watching. Munro writes stark prose in blues and greys; Almodovar pumps up the volume with breathy dialogue, bathing his beleaguered women in brilliant vermilions and electric blues.
December 22, 2016
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Julieta," Almodóvar’s 20th feature and his best, in my view, since “Volver” a decade ago, is a film of such quietly assured mastery that it reminds you American cinema today has virtually no one comparable to him: an artist who exercises total control over his work, employs a filmic idiom derived largely from the lushest productions of classic Hollywood, and operates in a fictional realm of his own creation.
December 22, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Julieta

    After The Skin I Live In and I'm So Excited, I had hoped that Pedro would continue seeking out the energy/danger of his days as an enfant terrible. In a twist, Julieta is an old man's film and Pedro's least outlandish melodrama to date. But you haven't seen it all before—the moment where one actress becomes another is one of the most haunting shots he ever did. If this ends up as his testament film, it's a good one.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Julieta

    A fine and sturdy adaptation, well-made, well-mannered, and, well, moving, with two equally exceptional leads as one lady grappling with layers of guilt and loss. (Can one grapple with a layer? Never mind.) Yet it's missing something. Two things, actually: the animating essences of its equally exceptional co-authors, Munro and Almodovar, which neither appear nor combust.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Julieta

    After his very slight previous film Almodovar returns to the world of melodrama with this very fine adaptation of Canadian Alice Munro's short stories. Julieta, played by both Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte masterfully, satisfies on near every level both technically and creatively. Relocating Munro's ideas to Spain allows Almodovar to make the scenario is own and adds to his impressive oeuvre.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Julieta

    Sure, it's ripe for playing Almodóvar bingo, but by God if that's not akin to slipping on a toasty cinematic onesie. It's not rocket science: a passionate filmmaker writes a strong script, gathers together fine actors, artists and technicians, and lovingly creates a fine addition to his "cinema of women", capped by a deliciously rich Alberto Iglesias score - it's hard not to get caught up in such movie bliss.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Julieta

    It simply didn't work for me. Too artificial to say the least. I'm well aware that Pedro Almodovar isn't a fan of the Neo-Realist movement but I think that here, every character lacks blood. They are well written but they don't live. Already forgotten.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Julieta

    If not Almodovar's best, this film at least has the decency of putting together a powerful female cast. I like how the narrative translates to imagery as a conductor - the train, the sea, the country, the city. At the end, although its overly dramatic statement (it's soap opera realness sometimes), Julieta brings the director back from the dead after his comedy murder on Shame Airlines. It's feminine and soulful.

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film Julieta

    Everytime I remember that Adriana Ugarte didn't know Almodóvar was the director of Julieta when she auditioned for the part, I think of how lucky we are that she liked that secrecy and went with it until the end, because if she hadn't, we wouldn't know this beautiful talent & face today and oh man, what we would be missing. (cntd in comment)

  • oldeuboi's rating of the film Julieta

    A really nice Almodóvarian film decorated with the usual tropes of motif and tone. Should be a delightful treat for Almodóvar hardcore fans, but it doesn't offer the resonant depth of his previous films.

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