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Ma Ma

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A misguided and totally bonkers Spanish melodrama.

This barmy Spanish weepie is like that game where someone writes a sentence on a piece of paper, folds it over and passes it on. Pah to logic and believability! Penélope Cruz stars as Magda, a primary school teacher in Madrid who accepts her diagnosis of invasive breast cancer with a saintly smile.

Right after leaving the hospital with the news, Magda meets a football scout watching her son play. A call interrupts their conversation – his wife and daughter have been involved in a terrible car accident. What happens next? What doesn’t happen next? Life, death, birth, hugs and a singing gynaecologist. Cruz has enough charm to melt a glacier, but she can’t rescue the shamelessly sentimental script by director Julio Medem (‘Sex and Lucia’). ‘Ma Ma’ is going for the heartstrings, but don’t bother taking tissues.

Written by
Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Release date:Friday 24 June 2016
  • Duration:111 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Julio Medem
  • Screenwriter:Julio Medem
  • Cast:
    • Penélope Cruz
    • Luis Tosar
    • Asier Etxeandia
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