Guided by a go-for-broke performance from Penélope Cruz, lovely work from cinematographer Kiko de la Rica, and a score by Alberto Iglesias, the ingredients are all here for Julio Medem’s “Ma Ma” to be something special. Unfortunately, I really didn’t like it when it screened at TIFF last fall, but fans of Cruz may want to give it a whirl, because she gives a solid turn, even if she deserves better material.
From director Julio Medem (“Sex & Lucia“), the movie follows Magda, who goes through no shortage of health, romantic, and professional turmoil, but remains resilient and optimistic through it all, as she always finds a way to work through life’s struggles and heartbreaks. Here’s the official synopsis:
Academy Award®-winning actress and producer Penélope Cruz delivers an extraordinarily emotional performance in ma ma, the newest film from acclaimed director Julio Medem (SEX AND LUCÍA). Honoring the high melodrama of Pedro Almodóvar and Douglas Sirk, ma ma follows Magda (Cruz) as she experiences tragedies and miracles alike. Just as Magda is diagnosed with breast cancer, she meets Arturo (Luis Tosar), a devoted husband and father in the midst of unspeakable loss. Their chance encounter leads both down a path of strength, grace, love, and rebirth.
“Ma Ma” opens on May 20th.