Youth Review: Julieta

08 September 2016

is the new film by Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. Youth Review have seen several of his films in the past including I'm So Excited and The Skin I Live In so we thought it was a good idea to see his latest creation. The film follows Julieta and covers 30 years of her life and focuses on the story of her marriage and relationship with her daughter. 

We first meet Julieta (Emma Suárez) when she's middle aged living in Madrid. She keeps a secret which she is struggling to hide away. But is brought to the surface when she bumps in to an old friend of her daughter's. We are then introduced to a younger Julieta (Adriana Ugarte). Here we meet a confident young woman whose life is changed by an incident on a train and a brief encounter with a gentleman. In the years to come she is married, has a daughter and is challenged emotionally as a result of tragedy. We see how the relationship develops between Julieta and her daughter Antia (Blanca Parés) and the heart of the film focuses on their separation and the events that happened leading up to it and Julieta's life thereafter. 

The group thought that both Julietas were great in their roles as well as the other actors throughout the film. They thought the scene where the two Julietas morph in to each other was particularly effective. 

In addition to this they also enjoyed the scene on the train with the younger Julieta, although the slow motion scene was not as well received. The film was filled with suspense and the group said it felt like a soap opera at times with the drama and characters, in particular the housemaid and her wicked witch of the west presence. 

Overall they enjoyed the film, but they felt that something was missing from the storyline. There was a lot of focus on discovering what had happened to Antia, but in the end they felt they were still left with unanswered questions and wanted to know how the relationship developed between mother and daughter after their long separation.

A film that contains subtle suspense, drama, great central performances and the discovery of hidden secrets.