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GALA D: Pe­dro Almod­ó­var w/ Pené­lope Cruz, Car­men Maura. Spain. 120 min. Fri­day, Septem­ber 8, 9:30 PM ROY THOM­SON HALL; Satur­day, Septem­ber 9, 9:30 AM RY­ER­SON Rat­ing: NNNNN

Peo­ple who’ve only seen Cruz work in English think she can’t act. But in Span­ish, with Almod­ó­var, she’s at home as a work­ing-class mom who sud­denly finds that her fa­vorite aunt has died, her hus­band has died and her late mother (early Almod­ó­var stal­wart Maura) has shown up, ap­par­ently as a ghost, and is liv­ing with another aunt, the mother’s ail­ing sis­ter.

This is a re­turn to the di­rec­tor’s early sub­jects, though the volup­tuous, sat­u­rated colours and rel­a­tively stately style are in the mould of the later All About My Mother, Talk To Her and Bad Ed­u­ca­tion. That is, it’s a fast story told slowly. It’s a lit­tle too slow and at two hours a lit­tle too long, but Cruz is stun­ningly good, and the rest of the cast (the fe­male ensem­ble won best ac­tress at Cannes) matches her.

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