Parallel Mothers

The story of two mothers who bond in unexpected way after giving birth the same day.

Madres paralelas
Spain 2021
  • Czech
122 min.

Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn't regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

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Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar
Cinematography: José Luis Alcaine
Music: Alberto Iglesias
Editing: Teresa Font
Production Design: Antxón Gómez
Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García
Cast: Penélope Cruz, José Javier Domínguez, Rossy de Palma, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Daniela Santiago, Milena Smit, Julieta Serrano, Israel Elejalde

Venice Film Festival

2021 – Penélope Cruz (Best Actress)

Palm Springs International Film Festival

2022 – Penélope Cruz (Best Actress)

Key West Film Festival

2021 – Pedro Almodóvar (Best Narrative Film)