Routes through "Parallel Mothers" scenarios in Madrid


Madrid is one of the cities where Pedro has filmed most of his movies, the city he arrived from his hometown Calzada de Calatrava (Castilla-La Mancha). There he ended up falling in love with cinema and becoming the great director he is. That is why his new film, Parallel Mothers, could not be set in any other place than Madrid. That is why we want to propose you to visit the emblematic places where Almodóvar has filmed and live the experience as if you were Penélope Cruz herself.

In case of doubt and since the movie is practically just released, this post is going to be spoiler free so that you can enjoy it before and after you have watch it and be able to revisit this post at any time.

Spoiler-free, discover all the scenarios as you walk through Madrid

It has been 23 years since the victory of Todo sobre mi Madre (All About My Mother) as Best Foreign Film at the Oscar Awards and now, in 2022, Pedro Almodovar has a new opportunity with his new film entitled “Parallel Mothers” starring Penelope Cruz who, who is also nominated for the same awards as “Best Actress in a Leading Role”. We at Sparker wish them both good luck. So let’s get started:

Plaza de las Comendadoras - Café Moderno

The square is named after the Convent of the “Comendadoras de Santiago el Mayor” and the church that covers one of its sides. However, this is not the only attraction of this space if not it is also important to highlight the tranquility that is breathed in the heart of a city like Madrid that never sleeps. A familiar place to sit and enjoy the breeze and a coffee.

It is in the square itself where the Café Moderno is located, which appears in the film, and whose popularity is due to its magnificent terrace, always sunny and located in this privileged environment. In cold seasons thanks to the sun is one of the places to enjoy good weather with low temperatures and in summer, thanks to its shadows, enjoy the breeze.

Its half modernist and art deco decoration is another attractive and very inviting to take pictures that has been active since the 1980s.

Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit at the Café Moderno of the Plaza de las Comendadoras in Madres Paralelas (2021)

Dirección: Plaza de las Comendadoras 1
Nuestra recomendación: The menu has been updated and modernized but the pizzas seem to be the most recommended by their customers. We also recommend you to enjoy either the food or a coffee on the terrace and admire the surroundings.

Angel Sierra Tavern

It is located in the middle of Chueca square and not only scenes for the movie Parallel Mothers have been filmed there, but it was already filmed in 1995 for the movie La Flor de Mi Secreto (The Flower of My Secret).

Leo (Marisa Paredes) and Betty (Carme Elías) at the Taberna Ángel Sierra in La Flor de mi Secreto (1995)

It is a place that has more than 100 years old decorated with tiles from La Cartuja de Sevilla and wood from Cuba. It is undoubtedly a place to visit to enjoy the most traditional Madrid.

Dirección: Calle San Gregorio 2, 28004 Madrid
Nuestra recomendación: The Reus vermouth on tap with anchovies and pickled tuna.

Urso Hotel

Located between the Chamberí and Chueca neighborhoods, this hotel is a historic building in the capital, built in 1915. It was originally the headquarters of the Spanish Paper Company and was designed by the famous architect José María Mendoza Ussia and the Marquis Juan Manuel de Urquijo.

Highlights on the outside are the neoclassical facades with their towers, chamfers and bay windows, while inside the central courtyard, the stained glass windows and the decorative tiles of the library are very characteristic.

Israel Elejalde and Penélope Cruz at the Urso Hotel

Dirección: Calle de Mejía Lequerica
Nuestra recomendación: In addition to having a drink and a meal in one of its lounges, you can also spend a night and enjoy its wonderful spa and swimming pool.

Hemingway Cocktail Bar - Casa Suecia

It is located on the first floor of the Hotel Casa Suecia and is decorated in the American style of Hemingway’s time. The reason for this theme is due to the long stays that the writer spent in this hotel, mainly getting to know Madrid and its gastronomy.

Arturo (Israel Elejalde) and Janis (Penélope Cruz) at the Hemingway in Madres Paralelas (2021)

Dirección: Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera 4
Nuestra recomendación: This bar has a wide variety of cocktails that change periodically but the main element is always rum, Hemingway’s favorite drink. The favorites are usually the Pappy Doble and the Valiente, the Spicy Amber, Cover Club or Matinesin.

By the way, whether you want to watch Parallel Mothers online for the first time or on repeat, in Spain it is available as of March 2022 on Filmin and Netflix.

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