Our favourite Pedro Almodóvar films: an introduction to the director
As he returns with new film Julieta, we look back at director Pedro Almodóvar's best films
Films on the verge of a nervous breakdown
Mothers, daughters, sisters
Though always based around the lives of ordinary people, Almodóvar's films take place in a world apart, a melange of kitsch, camp, melodrama and tragedy. But above all, he’s a director interested in the worlds of women. In a time when Hollywood movies still regard female heroines as niche cinema, Almodóvar challenges the status quo, drawing us into lives of love and loss.
Talk To Her, All About My Mother and Volver are about mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, neighbours and lovers, gossiping and grieving inside small, drab apartments, embroiled in the ordinary and extraordinary happenings of their Spanish streets.
But when Almodóvar isn’t poring over the struggles of his heroines, he looks to the curious boundaries between the sexes, creating darker thrillers where men and women clash. A Bad Education and The Skin I Live In delve into murkier, more violent experiments in human nature and self-determination, exploring sacrilegious Catholicism and sexual reassignment with as much intrigue and humour as any comedy-thriller could hope to.
But with his most recent film, Almodóvar brings us back to his favourite topic – women on the verge of breakdowns. Adapted from three of Alice Munro’s short stories, Julieta finds Almodóvar asking once again what makes the lives of these women so heart-breaking and beautiful. See the trailer below.
Julieta is out on 26 August; the rest of Almodóvar's films are being screened until 5 October as part of the BFI’s Pedro Almodóvar Season