Source: Catholic News Service
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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