A Film Diary

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I rewatched this bright, colourful Pedro Almodóvar film about loss and return for a course that I’ve enrolled in, and I hadn’t realised just how good it is, or indeed the brilliance of Penélope Cruz, who is superb throughout and really ought to get more roles that are this good. [Spoiler ahead] Considering the way in which the plot is affected by murder, manslaughter and domestic sexual abuse across the generations it’s a remarkably light film, and I think it was a great touch to share the Best Actress award at Cannes that year among the six women who lead the cast. An excellent feminist movie that subtly shifts between Hitchcockian thriller, paranormal ghost story and melodrama with ease. (****½)