Penélope Cruz delivers a vibrant, vital, defiantly life-affirming performance as a woman dealing with a diagnosis of breast cancer in Ma Ma, an unashamedly melodramatic film from Spanish director Julio Medem (director of Sex and Lucía and Room in Rome). Some of the film’s more whimsically offbeat touches – such as Cruz’s visions of a waifish Siberian orphan or the gynaecologist who bursts into song – may grate with some viewers, but Cruz is so radiant that she keeps us compelled.
Certificate 12. Runtime 111 mins. Director Julio Medem
Ma Ma debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere at 9.45pm today and is available on DVD from Metrodome.