Julieta ★★★½

Lacking in audacious laughs and more aesthetically subdued, it uses Almodovar's storytelling verve to explore territory akin to 19th century literature - where the trope was often; you have no idea how much you know (Violette specifically comes to mind). This is largely about "filling in the blanks" - something that many of the characters end up having to do

there's almost an intentional amount of ellipses and restraint here, potentially a response to the over the top camp of his last one "I'm so excited" 

Still couldn't help wanting everything that's here to be compressed into the first 30 mins and then seeing the much juicier story unfold