Parallel Mothers

Still from Paralell Mothers of two female characters hugging

Spain | 2021 | 120 min. | Pedro Almodovar

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At SIFF Cinema Egyptian through February 8; opening at SIFF Cinema Uptown on February 9.

The paths of two women cross in a Madrid maternity ward, with their lives bound together by a secret that can be traced back to a lingering trauma in Spanish history.


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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.

  • Director: Pedro Almodovar
  • Principal Cast: Penelope Cruz, Milena Smit
  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 120 min.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics