“Awash in color, feminine psychodrama and heightened emotion, Julieta is a classic Pedro Almodóvar film. Adapted from three short stories from Alice Munro’s Runaway collection, this mother-daughter head trip revisits familiar terrain from the filmmaker who gave us the ecstatically lurid melodramas Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and All About My Mother.
“The film begins as the title character — a chic middle-aged classics professor living in Madrid — is preparing to move to Portugal with her dashing husband, Lorenzo. When Julieta encounters a friend of her daughter Antía, from whom she has been estranged for several years, she makes the instinctive decision to stay put in the city. Julieta moves back to the apartment where she and Antía lived together, recapitulating the past as a way of understanding how their lives grew apart and embarking on a mission to knit them back together.
“Nodding to the movies and telenovelas that he’s always loved, Almodóvar tells the ensuing story — much of it told in flashback — with well-calibrated suspense and captivating brio, interrogating notions of time, doppelgängers and fate with his characteristically fastidious attention to color and detail.” - The Washington Post