Five Penelope Cruz films to celebrate her birthday

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On April 28, 1974, a little girl who would become a legend was born in Alcobendas, Madrid: Penélope Cruz Sánchez, better known as Penélope Cruz.

The daughter of an Extremaduran merchant who worked in a car dealership and an Andalusian owner of a hairdressing salon, she discovered her vocation at an early age and in one of her many trips to the cinema with her brothers, Mónica and Eduardo, to see the premieres that came to the village; but, it was at the age of fifteen that she knew that she wanted to be an actress after seeing “¡Tie Me Up!”, a film by Pedro Almodóvar starring Victoria Abril. What Penelope did not know was that her dream of being an actress would be fulfilled by the hand of that great director who today has her as her muse.

In 1991 he made his film debut with Rafael Alcázar’s “The Greek Labyrinth” in which he had a small role, but it was only a year later that the role that would change his life arrived and with which we opened this TOP 5.

Ham, Ham (1992)

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José Luis (Jordi Mollà) is the son of a wealthy couple who own a men’s underwear factory where Silvia (Penélope Cruz), his girlfriend, works. When she becomes pregnant, José Luis promises to marry her, contrary to her parents’ decision. José Luis’s (Stefania Sandrelli) mother, not considering Silvia good enough to marry her son, decides to hire a young aspiring bullfighter, Raúl (Javier Bardem), to seduce the young woman. Everything will start to get complicated when Raúl falls in love with Silvia and she discovers that everything was planned by the mother of her boyfriend.

Shivering Flesh (1997)

David (Javier Bardem) and Sancho (Pepe Sancho) are a police couple who meet Víctor (Liberto Rabal), an immature and marginal young man. During a night patrol around the city, in which they meet Helena (Francesca Neri), an argument breaks out between them and David is injured in the spine. Víctor is arrested and sentenced to six years in prison, while David will have to rebuild his life, confined to a wheelchair.

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This is the first collaboration of the actress with Pedro Almodóvar who called her for a small role that interacts with who would be, years later, her mother-in-law: Pilar Bardem.

Open Your Eyes (1997)

César (Eduardo Noriega) is a handsome and rich boy who likes women a lot, but very little commitment. However, at his birthday party he falls in love with Sofía (Penélope Cruz), the companion of his best friend, Pelayo (Fele Martínez). Nuria (Najwa Nimri), a former lover of César, moved by her jealousy causes a car accident in which she dies and César’s face is completely disfigured. From that moment on, his life changes completely, turning into a horrible nightmare.

All About My Mother (1999)

Madrid. Manuela (Cecilia Roth), a single mother, sees her son die the day she turns 17, for running to get the autograph of Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), her favorite actress. Shattered, Manuela then travels to Barcelona in search of the boy’s father.

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A story of roots that gave Almodóvar his first Oscar and confirmation of his international prestige. In this film, Cruz plays Sister Rosa, a young missionary nun who plays a fundamental role in the story.

Everybody Knows (2018)

Laura (Penélope Cruz) travels with her family from Buenos Aires to her hometown in Spain to attend a wedding, but during the celebration, her daughter disappears and she receives a kidnapping notice.

Directed by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, it is one of those lost gems from the extensive filmography of the Spanish filmmaker. Together with Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín, they carry out this powerful story that will not leave the viewer indifferent.

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