Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A young mother must try and find a way to deal with many problems that have popped up in her life which include death, secrets, murder, ghosts, love for her daughter and above all else reopening a restaurant business.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I’ve avoided watching ever since I heard about it since I’ve never really been much of a fan of foreign language films.
Being that I’m now on a quest to watch all films featuring Oscar nominated performances, I decided to finally give it a try.
This film does a superb job finding the right balance between all of the various themes depicted in the story.
In many cases, having this many themes in a film would cause much chaos, but Director/Writer Pedro Almodovar is able to weave together such an enjoyable tale that feels plausible.
The cast is great and the fact that each of the characters are filled with lots of cliches and superstitions actually allows for things to move along at a nice pace since we easily get comfortable with the efforts of each of then to move the story forward.
The story is a mix of comedy, drama, mystery and even a rime thriller and finds a way to change the tone of the story whenever it switches among the various genres.
The story is written really well and allows for us to believe the way that all of these story elements eventually come together to give us the complete picture of what is really going on among these women.
Penelope Cruz was deservingly nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for her work in this film and despite given a stellar performance here, there was one nominee that year had even more powerful performances which in turn didn’t give her much of a chance to win.
Bottom Line – Film that does a great job balancing the various themes so well. The cast is great and each of the characters have their own cliches and superstitions which help the story move along at a really nice pace. The story is a comedy, drama, mystery and even a crime thriller that constantly switches its tone depending on the current scenes. The way that all of these various themes come together by the end is done so well since it makes it all come across so believably which in turn makes it feel very plausible. Cruz was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film but being that the year had such a great field of performances, she unfortunately didn’t have much of a chance despite being among the best of the performances. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Penélope Cruz became the first Spanish actress ever to be nominated for Best Lead Actress at the Oscars. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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