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Ma Ma

Ma Ma
  • 2015
  • Spain
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Julio Medem
  • Cast: Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asiar Etxeandia, Teo Planell
  • Language: Spanish
  • UK release: 24 June 2016

Magda (Cruz) is a warm, joyful teacher and mother who's afflicted with terminal cancer. Forced, kitschy weepie which suffers from its director's tendency to place Cruz on a pedestal and then make her suffer; she delivers with great skill, but the endless smiles, tears, hugs and quirky fantasies wear down our own will to live.

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Ma ma

20 Jun 20162 stars

Penélope Cruz rises above Julio Medem’s shameless tear-jerker

What is it about Penélope Cruz that prompts directors to place her on a pedestal, then make her suffer for her saintliness? To be specific, it’s Spanish directors who like to make a martyr of her. The instinct may be reverential, but it just feels kitsch.

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