The trailer for Julieta, Pedro Almodóvar’s newest film, suggests that it will be a return to the Spanish writer-director’s reflective, women-centered stories, after his campy comedy I’m So Excited (2013) and his twisted psychological thriller The Skin I Live In (2011). The drama explores the struggles of the titular Julieta—played at different ages by Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez—over the course of several decades.
As the casting of both Ugarte and Suárez suggests, the new movie will find Almodóvar expanding beyond his usual stable of actors. Still, he hasn’t abandoned all of his usual collaborators: Rossy de Palma, who’s been with Almodóvar since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), and Darío Grandinetti, who is known for Talk to Her (2002), will both return in supporting roles. And while elements of the plot might remind longtime fans of other Almodóvar films, a press release from when Julieta was still called Silencio suggested, “the tone of Silencio will be very different to that of The Flower of My Secret and Volver, other dramas with women, mothers, daughters, neighbors and absent fathers.” The movie will premiere in Spain in April; Sony Pictures Classics will release the movie in the U.S., but no North American release date has yet been announced.