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Engrossing story about a devoted mother (Penelope Cruz) who covers up the murder of her husband after her teenage daughter (Yohana Cobo) stabs him in self-defense, and then opens a thriving restaurant. Writer-director Pedro Almodovar has made one of his finest films, in which Cruz gives a multifaceted performance, while the other top-lined actresses are equally impressive: Lola Duenas as her hairdresser-sister, Carmen Maura as the ghost of their mother, and Blanca Portillo as a helpful neighbor with terminal cancer. Underneath the melodrama (leavened at times with humor) is a perceptive study of women, relationships, the Spanish culture of death and the vapidity of modern culture. Subtitles. Some rough language and profanity, innuendo, crass expressions, murder without consequence, bloodshed, a marital bedroom scene without nudity and incest. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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Francis Borgia: Today's saint grew up in an important family in 16th-century Spain, serving in the imperial court and quickly advancing in his career. But a series of events—including the death of his beloved wife—made Francis Borgia rethink his priorities. He gave up public life, gave away his possessions and joined the new and little-known Society of Jesus. 
<p>Religious life proved to be the right choice. He felt drawn to spend time in seclusion and prayer, but his administrative talents also made him a natural for other tasks. He helped in the establishment of what is now the Gregorian University in Rome. Not long after his ordination he served as political and spiritual adviser to the emperor. In Spain, he founded a dozen colleges. </p><p>At 55, Francis was elected head of the Jesuits. He focused on the growth of the Society of Jesus, the spiritual preparation of its new members and spreading the faith in many parts of Europe. He was responsible for the founding of Jesuit missions in Florida, Mexico and Peru. </p><p>Francis Borgia is often regarded as the second founder of the Jesuits. He died in 1572 and was canonized 100 years later.</p> American Catholic Blog Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as to those whom God has given you to love. —Henri J.M. Nouwen

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