Women in Almodo’s films

By Nicole Newman | Jan 29, 2020

Strong female characters

With a filmography that spans nearly 40 years, Almodo has always been consistent with his memorable, outspoken, and nuanced female leads.

Almodo's film "Julieta" poignantly explores female agency when one woman reconciles her present situation with her past decisions. 


A woman's journey


Originally intended for legendary actor Meryl Streep, Almodo ultimately decided to cast Adriana Ugarte back home in his native Spain. 

Making Julieta

Adriana Ugarte was ultimately chosen to play Julieta for her nuanced portrayal of youth, independence, and female freedom. 

Ugarte as Julieta

“ I wanted to portray a woman exploring life and making decisions on her own terms.”

Almodo on Adriana Ugarte

In Volver, we see Almodo explore female identity: the layers, the emotions, the influences on a woman's decision-making process.


Female Identity


Almodo famously makes movies about movies as a way to explore the complexity of identity for women. Women have always been understood through someone else's lens or medium.

Why Identity?

“His work is his love letter to women. It's his love letter to cinema.”

Almodo on Penny Cruz

All About My Mother explores why women act, who they act for, and how they perform.

All about my mother

Women Who Act


The film moves around characters who are melodramatic. Their real hardships are punctuated by moments of seeming parody. Almodo examines the convention of acting in our daily lives.

Real vs. Unreal

“The films he makes are a reflection of himself, and this is how he sees women.”

Almodo on Cecilia Roth

The observer of women

La Frances Hui said: “Almodo is someone who is very beloved by female actresses. He has an unusual ability to observe women with a sense of empathy.

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