Ma Ma

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Spain | 2015 | 111 minutes | Julio Medem

Penélope Cruz delivers an extraordinarily emotional performance as a woman who forms a bond with a grieving father just after she is diagnosed with an advanced form of breast cancer in a stylishly melodramatic tale from the acclaimed director of Sex and Lucía.

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Unabashed high melodrama is served up with style in this first collaboration between Basque auteur Julio Medem (Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Sex and Lucía) and Spanish superstar Penélope Cruz (at the top of her game in a difficult role). Magda, an out-of-work Madrid schoolteacher and mother, is on the verge of splitting up with her philosophy-teacher husband when she's diagnosed with an advanced form of breast cancer requiring immediate chemo treatments and a mastectomy. Her talented, soccer-crazy son leads her to form a friendship with grieving soccer scout Arturo (Luis Tosar, Cell 211), whose life has been devastated by a car accident that killed his daughter and left his wife in a coma. As time passes and each of them do their best to comfort the other, their mutual support program deepens and transforms into something more profound. Cruz is stunning as she breathes life into a role that could easily have fallen into caricature, lending Magda a sense of grace and an unfailing optimism in the face of tragedy that marks a defiant change from art-film norms.

Director Biography
Born in San Sebastián, Spain, Julio Medem first studied medicine before deciding to work in film. His work as a film critic led him to directing. His past films include Sex and Lucía (2001) and Chaotic Ana (2007).

Sponsored by KING 5, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Accion Cultural Española

  • Director: Julio Medem
  • Principal Cast: Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia
  • Country: Spain, France
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 111 minutes
  • Producer: Penélope Cruz, Julio Medem
  • Screenplay: Julio Medem
  • Cinematographers: Kiko de la Rica
  • Editors: Iván Aledo, Julio Medem, Yago Muñiz
  • Music: Eduardo Cruz, Alberto Iglesias
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Room in Rome (2010); Chaotic Ana (2007); The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (Doc, 2003); Sex and Lucia (2001); Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998); Earth (1996); The Red Squirrel (1993); Vacas (1992)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • International Sales: Seville International