In New Film Ma Ma, Penelope Cruz Finds Love While Struggling With Breast Cancer

Spanish director Julio Medem’s latest film looks as lush and sensual as Sex and Lucía, his acclaimed 2001 film and the one for which he’s best known stateside; it doesn’t hurt that the exceptional Penélope Cruz helms it. In ma ma, she plays Magda, a woman who meets a troubled man during her struggle with breast cancer, which is then upended by an unexpected pregnancy.


A press release says Medem was following in the footsteps of Almodóvar and Douglas Sirk, which portends much emotional melodrama and, very likely, crisp colors and lots of love. Released last year in Spain, Cruz earned Best Actress nominations at both Premios Feroz and the Goya Awards; it opens stateside on May 27.



Paz Vega was quite exceptional in Sex and Lucía.