As an auteur film director, Almodóvar deliberately weaves connections between his films. In what ways do the following aspects of Madres paralelas echo earlier Almodóvar films?
(Clue: the films in question are all mentioned in our accompanying review of Madres paralelas.)
1. The problem mother of an unhappily pregnant young woman 2. An absent hippy mother 3. A proactive mother busily walking down a Madrid street talking on her phone 4. The phrase ‘como Dios manda’ 5. Reference to Janis’ home being in the barrio, and to visiting her relatives in the pueblo 6. A phone number changed or unanswered to escape contact and evade responsibility 7. An older friend ‘mothering’ a younger friend 8. Evocative use of a shadow moving along a wall 9. A drinking/smoking actress rehearsing Lorca 10. Barquillos (‘wafers’) 11. A new baby given a significant name 12. The phrase ‘tenemos que hablar’
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