Review Of ' Julieta ' By Alice Munro Essay

1366 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Pedro Almodovar’s twentieth feature film, Julieta, chronicles the title character’s life as she is forced to reflect upon her riddled past and confront the tragic circumstances that surround the disappearance of her daughter. Almodovar based Julieta off of a series of short stories written by Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro, which follow three stages of a Canadian woman’s life who faces similar circumstances. At it’s conception, Julieta was intended to be Almodovar 's first English-language film; however Almodovar was not confident writing the script in English and settled on setting the film in Spain and making it in Spanish. The New York Film Festival was the film’s American debut and both leading actresses as well as Almodovar were present for the occasion. Julieta relates to the trends identified in global art cinema by displaying symbolic and ambiguous aesthetics, depending on festival circuits rather than studio distribution, and employing marketing by reference to a recognized auteurist director. In the textbook, Global Art Cinema, Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover describe “art cinema” as feature films typically including “...foreign production, overt engagement of aesthetic...or excessive in its visual style, use of color, or characterization (2010, p.6).” Similar to other films branded as art cinema, Julieta was marketed in reference to its auteurist director. When the French film À ma sœur! (Fat Girl) was released, audiences expected a coming of age…

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