Julieta

Julieta

DVD - 2017 | Spanish
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Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antia. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antia's father and Julieta's husband. When Antia turns eighteen, she abandons her mother without a word of explanation. Julieta is haunted by the mystery of this loss and it pervades everything in her life. Her struggle and obsession lead to self-discovery and surprising revelations.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,Dolby digital
1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antia. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antia's father and Julieta's husband. When Antia turns eighteen, she abandons her mother without a word of explanation. Julieta is haunted by the mystery of this loss and it pervades everything in her life. Her struggle and obsession lead to self-discovery and surprising revelations.

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klimekk
Oct 23, 2017

Maybe what is important is ability to make "boring" kind of movie from the plot, which is really weak, because maybe it's kind of what the real life is.
The big plus is to watch Spain - amazing towns, cities, people
Are people really so stupid to keep in self small secrets , which mostly are created from misunderstanding principles of our life ?

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lukasevansherman
Sep 26, 2017

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's work is spread out over nearly 4 decades and 20 films. While he's had his off films (I'm not a fan of some of his 90s movies like "Kika" and "High Feels."), he's never really made a bad film, and he's admirably resisted making an English-language movie or using big stars. "Julieta," which is based on some Alice Munro short stories, is one of his most emotional, moving films and returns to the woman-centered stories that defined his work. If you've seen his films, you'll see a lot of familiar themes and motifs, but it still feels fresh, alive, and deeply felt. He is one of the world's great filmmakers.

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rugolin
Sep 06, 2017

This is a big return to form for Almodovar after his pretty terrible "I'm So Excited" Here he returns to the big emotional 1940s style female melodrama which he is quite good at. Here Julieta recounts the story of her life to her absent daughter (and the audience) about her fateful meeting with her future husband Xoan and the fateful incident which cause the mother daughter estrangement. Still not exactly sure what the daughter's reasoning was for her actions which seem kind of senseless but mostly a well done piece of entertainment.

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Ron@Ottawa
Aug 22, 2017

This is a decent drama to watch, but definitely not one of the best works by Almodovar. I am still puzzled by the drastic action taken by the young daughter against her loving mother.

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Nursebob
Jul 22, 2017

A woman’s obsessive search for the grown daughter who inexplicably walked out of her life thirteen years ago forms the backbone of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest opus. Culled from three Alice Munro short stories it explores the complexities of a mother-daughter relationship made brittle by guilty secrets and unspoken resentment. Like all Almodóvar’s work the colours are ravishing, the dialogue pure Madrid melodrama, and the narrative is given added meaning through the use of strategically placed artwork. But one can’t escape the pervasive sense of déjà vu that hangs from every frame as all those trademark close-ups and dramatic voiceovers take on a tired familiarity. It would appear the master’s creative engine is revving in neutral—but even so "Julieta" still stands taller than most multiplex offerings. Perhaps the world is finally ready for that "Women on the Verge…" sequel?

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imagenel
Jun 15, 2017

For those who wonder why there are no song n' dance, sex n' gaudy colours, here are Almodovar own words: "Adaptation is always the story of betrayal and pillage, and the case of Julieta is no exception. When I say that cinema and literature are diverse disciplines I don't mean that they don't influence each other mutually. While I was writing the script and directing the film, I clearly saw that Alice Munro's bitter drama demanded from me as a writer and filmmaker a different tone from that which has characterized me until now. I have written many characters of mothers, but Julieta is very different to all of them. For me, Alice Munro's inspiration has meant a real moral, aesthetic and tonal adventure. From the outset, I was fully aware that I had to approach these women in a simple way, and that my great adventure would consist of containment and narrative sobriety. Alice Munro's stories asked that of me."
From the Penguin reissue of Munro's 3 short stories, based in Vancouver and Toronto, among others.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 10, 2017

In life, one meets a fork in the road. We take one of the two paths and live that life until we get to a new fork in the road and then again choose one of two paths. When a path that we took doesn't turn out well, we may feel regret for having decided incorrectly. Pedro Almodovar may be telling us that the supposed good path that we did not take, may not be so ideal as we like to believe. Maybe Almodovar's film has nothing to do with this idea. Or maybe Almodovar has made a film where the audience can interpret the film in whatever way they wish.

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ms_mustard
May 26, 2017

two great artists - Almodovar's cinema and Munro's words
well done

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uncommonreader
Apr 15, 2017

Interesting adaptation of three Alice Munro stories about guilt and mothers and daughters.

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jimg2000
Apr 10, 2017

A feminine drama about women's hardships and often by fate instead of choices made in being daughters, mothers, wives and lovers. The young and older versions of Julieta were played by Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte whose transformation in one sequence was explained by the director in the extras. Interesting philosophical perspectives based on three short stories from the book "Runaway 2004" by Alice Munro, the 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Literature.

83% Rotten Tomatoes; 7.1/10 IMDb; 3.5/4 RogerEbert

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jimg2000
Apr 10, 2017

Dear Anta... ...I'll tell you everything that I couldn't tell you because you were a child... because it was too painful for me or I was afraid. But you're no longer a child. Beatriz told me you have your own children. Three, no less. You're a grown woman, and a mother.
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Nobody commits suicide because a girl, even one as beautiful as you, Doesn't want to talk to him.
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... the nymph Calypso and she offered Ulysses everything imaginable. Let's see, Diego, she offered him something really important?
-Her body.
That comes first. But also? Something that we all have dreamed of.
-Eternal youth.
Exactly. And immortality. However, Ulysses rejected her. And jumped into the sea to face a host of dangers. Which of the three words would you choose to use to mean 'the sea'. As used by Ulysses?
- Thalassa?
No.!
- Pontos.
That's it, Pontos. Pontos, the sea, The sea, the path to adventure and the unknown.

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jimg2000
Apr 10, 2017

For the first three years, I bought a cake on your birthday. I was consoled by the idea of celebrating the arrival of your card And at least seeing your name in the address. I didn't expect more. But it was expecting too much. The first three years, I threw your cake in the dustbin To celebrate your birthday, I made it a tradition.
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For the first months, I did nothing else but try to find you, by any means. The only thing I discovered was how little I knew about you...
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At only nine years old, he drowned in a river. And I'm crazy with grief. Right now The worst of my life, I think of you. Now I understand what you have suffered because of my disappearance... I couldn't imagine. No one who has not suffered this can imagine it.

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jimg2000
Apr 10, 2017

She only changed one thing: she laid the blame with three people. She included herself. Why was it her fault? Her absence and having been happy at the camp. I said I felt no guilt for what I did. And, if we were guilty, we had suffered enough punishment. Then Antia told me... Each of us got what she deserves.
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You were brought up with the same freedom as my parents raised me. When we moved to Madrid and I was in that depression, you didn't say anything, But I stifled a tremendous sense of guilt For the death of your father and the man in the train. I always avoided talking about it, I wanted you to grow up guiltless. But you perceived it... And despite my silence, I ended up infecting you as if it were a virus.

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jimg2000
Apr 10, 2017

After thirteen years she wouldn't dare, but she has given you the return address.
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I was more obsessed than you knew. When I realized I was turning into one of those... Obsessive characters of Patricia Highsmith, Hiding around corners or...
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I started a new life with him. The days turned into weeks and weeks into months and years... There were days I didn't think about you. When a former drug addict, who is clean for many years, Slips up once, relapse is fatal. I refrained from you for years, But I made a mistake, lying about the hope of finding you knowing about you. That absurd hope has devoured the weak base On which I had built my new life.

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