She sizzles. She excites. She dances. She acts. She is Penélope Cruz. Now 42 and with more than 50 movies to her name, Penelope Cruz has become the most successful movie star that Spain has ever produced.
Get ready for a bewitching mix of some of her best work, including Ma Ma which premieres for the first time on Australian TV.
No News From God
Sunday 5 March 6.40pm
In Heaven, Lola (Victoria Abril), an angel, is brought out of retirement to embark on a mission to Earth to save the soul of a bleared-out boxer doomed to die in the ring, Manny (Demián Bichir). When the news reaches Hell, a sultry waitress, Carmen (Penélope Cruz), is dispatched to Earth to secure Manny’s soul for eternal damnation.
Sunday 12 March 6.35pm
In Ma Ma, Cruz plays a woman who is coping with the recent news she has been diagnosed with cancer. She initially frets more about the pending loss of her right nipple and having to reschedule her hair appointment than she does the status of her health.
That all changes when she forms a bond with a recently widowed soccer scout. As they support one another through hardships and treatment, their love gives life to joy.
“With her vivid presence, it [Ma Ma] shimmers and throbs.” – The Guardian
Sunday 19 March 6.20pm
Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Mazzantini, Twice Born tells the story of Italian professor Gemma (Cruz), who whisks her son away to Sarajevo on summer vacation in hopes of reconnecting with the past where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago.
What starts as a stroll down memory lane becomes an awakening of truths, both shocking and profound.
Sunday 26 March 6.30pm
Volver tells a generational story of three women: a good mother who is desperately in love with a not-so-good man; a young mother carrying a hard life upon her shoulders; and an illegal hairdresser whose shop is the meeting point for all the neighbourhood gossip.
“With its overwhelming richness, its colour and warmth, Pedro Almodóvar’s movie is set to capture your heart.” – The Guardian
Don’t miss WM Focus On: Penélope Cruz, Sundays in March.