Four stars (R)
Penelope Cruz, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Carmen Maura
Penélope Cruz (who is a much stronger and more appealing performer when speaking her native Spanish) grandly anchors the latest from Pedro Almodóvar, a colorful, invigorating story about the trials of a group of women in Spain. At first their individual dramas seem random, but everything eventually comes together. Rich, wise and satisfying. 121 minutes. DVD INFO: No extras listed.