In Pedro Almodovar’s new narrative,  Julieta, Emma Suárez plays a middle age woman whose past comes back to haunt her.

Fans will retrieve the elegant imagery on which Almodovar’s reputation is based. But, with its long flashback explaining what Julia is up to right in the middle of the whole affair, what starts as an intrigue driven story, with some eerie moments, eventually gives way to heavily handled melodrama.

As always, artisans and actors worked well in Almodovar’s garden, and the overall signature of the director  is there. But as interesting as the source short stories, by Canadian Nobel prize author Alice Munro, might have been,  Julieta feels like reels from two completely different good old film prints glued together with added dialogues to keep us from getting lost.

Let’s put it simply:  Julieta is a minor work by a major director. Period.