“The unhappiest moment I could never tell you. All our fights blend into each other and are in fact re-enactments of the same fight, in which we punish each other--I with words, Hugh with silence--for being each other. We never needed any more than that.”
Pedro Almodóvar’s muted, mythic melodrama ponders sin, guilt, and repressed memory, adapting three interlinked stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro.

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"Soon they are having a 'great row': A fight like this was stunning, revealing not just how much he was on the lookout for enemies, but how she too was unable to abandon argument which escalated into rage. Neither of them would back off, they held bitterly to principles."
--from "Comfort" from HATESHIP, COURTSHIP, LOVESHIP, MARRIAGE: Stories by Alice Munro

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The director's latest movie tells the story of a woman who can't get over being abandoned by her only child.

Behind The Script: How Pedro Almodóvar Turned Alice Munro Short Stories Into "Julieta"

“'I know how you love this place,' he says to me, apologetically yet with satisfaction. And I don't tell him that I am not sure now whether I love any place, and that it seems to me it was myself I loved here - some self that I have finished with, and none too soon.”
"She would live now, not read. She'd left her clothes hanging in the closet and her high-heeled shoes in their shoe trees. her diamond ring and her wedding ring on the dresser. her silk nightdresses in their drawer."
--from "Gravel" included in DEAR LIFE by Alice Munro

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Pedro Almodovar brings his lush visual exuberance to this adaptation of three Alice Munro stories marked by spare, interior struggles. The odd fusion results in a surprisingly quiet, somber film.

Sex And Death, Shot Through A Colorful Lens: Almodovar's 'Julieta'

Pedro Almodovar’s love letter to Alice Munro: The director’s Julieta was supposed to be his English-language debut – a sweeping adaptation of the Canadian author’s work starring Meryl Streep. But then, much like a Munro story, life got in the way

Pedro Almodovar creates Spanish adaptation of Alice Munro stories for latest film Julieta

JULIETA: "In a gorgeous return to the female-centric fare that is his forte, Pedro Almodovar tackles no less than three short stories by that imitable Canadian author Alice Munroe. (This was meant to be the Spanish director’s first English-language effort but he teleported the subject matter to Spain instead.) With nods to Hitchcock and the helmer’s younger Gaudi-inflected gaudiness, two...
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"The complexity of things—the things within things—just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple."
— Alice Munro quoted in the Preface by Pedro Almodóvar in JULIETA: The Three Stories that Inspired the Movie
"In Alice Munro's stories, nothing is what it seems."
― 'Julieta' director Pedro Almodóvar

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“I have acted with full freedom,” Pedro Almodóvar says when asked if there were any conversations with the author. “We had contact with her editors, and they gave me full independence, and despite my unfaithfulness they’re very happy with the results. They do understand that movies and stories are two very different things.

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“Isn't it true that all the people I know in the world so far are hardly more than puppets for me, serving the glossy contrivings of my imagination?”
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"'I'm spoiled,' she says. 'She's twenty years old, my daughter―she'll be twenty-one this month actually―and we haven't been apart much'."
―from "Silence" included in JULIETA: Three Stories by Alice Munro That Inspired the Movie. With a foreword by Pedro Almodóvar

Alice Munro is cherished for her exquisite, affecting meditations on the human heart. In these three...
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"But the development of events on that Saturday night — that fascinated me; I felt that I had had a glimpse of the shameless, marvellous, shattering absurdity with which the plots of life, though not of fiction, are improvised."
― from “An Ounce of Cure” by Alice Munro
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"In Alice Munro's stories, nothing is what it seems. Beneath her serene writing there is always something compulsive."
--from "Things Within Things," Pedro Almodovar's foreword to JULIETA

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“She read modern fiction too. Always fiction. She hated to hear the word 'escape' used about fiction. She might have argued, not just playfully, that it was real life that was the escape. But this was too important to argue about.”
If you care for the films of Pedro Almodóvar — and I’m sure that’s many of you — his newest picture, Julieta, will likely leave you satisfied. As we said at Cannes, “A woman recalls the pivotal moments of her adult life in Julieta, the latest film from Pedro Almodóvar and his fifth to screen in competition here in Cannes. It’s adapted from a series of short stories of Canadian Nobel...
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Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Julieta’ Receives U.S. Trailer