Parallel Mothers

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

2021, 2 hrs 3 min, R

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez Gijón

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative PCR test required for admission. Masks required unless actively eating or drinking. Audience capped at 75 guests (25%). All seats marked for distancing (green=open, red=closed).

Presented in Spanish, with English subtitles.

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.