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Pedro Almodovar's 16th feature film stars Penelope Cruz as a hard-working janitor, supporting a daughter and a layabout husband in Madrid. Her own mother died several years back, in their hometown near La Mancha, but now a neighbour has spotted the ghostly matriarch (played by Carmen Maura), back from the grave to comfort her doubting and troubled offspring. Another relatively subdued, though intimately powerful and humourous film about mothers and daughters, from the Spanish maestro.

Year: 2006
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language Films, Spanish & Portuguese Cinema, Black Humour, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Supernatural, Dysfunctional Families, 2007
Country: Spain
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave, Antonio de la Torre
Duration: 120 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language and sexual references.
Subtitles: Yes
7.6/10
Location in store: Spanish (Almodovar)

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