Working with Pedro Almodóvar again earned Cruz her first Oscar nomination (though she was sadly brushed aside by the Helen Mirren juggernaut that year). Awards or no awards, this deserves tons of attention in its own right.
This being Almodóvar, things are naturally complicated, over-the-top, lurid, brightly-hued, and thoroughly engaging. Cruz has rarely been better, blowing away the memory of some of her underwhelming Hollywood efforts as the sensual, spirited mother, forced to cover up a murder and confront literal ghosts from her past.
Her energy is simply electric here…