Citing the dark history of Spain and the continuing aftermath of the civil war in the 1930s, “Mother” records the plight of the photographer Cruz, who suddenly discovers that she is a single mother with devastating secrets.
To pay tribute to Shakespeare, Hitchcock composer Bernard Herman and blues idol Janis Joplin, Cruz’s character is named after him, and “Mother” is as always personal as the filmmaker. Of.
Almodovar created parallel mothers decades ago. The women in Parallel Mothers are clearly different.
At an afternoon press conference, Cruz and senior writer/director said that she is more interested in imperfect mothers. They have faced the difficult problems they face.
“The mothers that I represented were very different from the ones I represented before. They were, for example, inspired by my mother or the educated person who raised them. My neighbor. All these powerful women.
“However,” he added, “But with (creating) Penelope’s character, the more fascinating it becomes, for me, it becomes more interesting.”
It is a difficult role, and I have to admit it. According to my experiences with mothers, not all people have the maternal instinct. They are different, even if they’re mothers.
Cruz discovered Janis was a very stressful and overwhelming experience. Pedro gave me a gift.
Janis can be cranky, dismissive of other people, and even hateful. She is a strong advocate for children.
“I read the script and thought, Pedro has done another amazing job. This is a difficult role. It’s one of the most difficult I have ever explained.
“But I never feel like I’m alone. For a few months, we have worked together. Rare directors are so generous with their actors. He works with us like a craftsman.
He said sometimes that I had suffered too much before we started shooting. Something happens when you take your job seriously and are humble about your character. It is necessary to find a part of yourself.
Almodovar feels it is time for a discussion about the common burial ground of “missing victims” of civil war crimes. “Historical memory is unresolved within Spanish society,” he stated.
“There are still unresolved problems in resolving the missing and buried people on common ground. This topic is of great interest to me.”