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Laura (Penélope Cruz) returns to the small Spanish village where she spent her childhood to attend the wedding of her younger sister. Her husband Alejandro (Ricardo Darín) has remained
in Argentina to fulfill professional obligations, but Laura isn’t alone. She’s traveling with her free-spirited teenage daughter, Irene, and her young son, and she’s also soon reunited with a close friend from days gone by, Paco (Javier Bardem). Irene learns from a new friend that her mother and Paco were once in love—but he, too, is now happily married, operating a modest but successful vineyard with his wife, Bea (Bárbara Lennie).
With Laura’s large extended family gathered to celebrate the nuptials of Ana (Inma Cuesta) and Joan (Roger Casamajor), spirts are high and a sense of frivolity reigns. But the wedding night descends from joy to despair when Irene (Carla Campra) suddenly goes missing from her bed. In the place of the sleeping girl are a selection of newspaper clippings, all with stories about a local child who was kidnapped years earlier in the town. Desperate with panic and wracked with grief, Laura turns to Paco for support and assistance as she searches everywhere for Irene.
As time passes, the situation only becomes more fraught. Suspicions mount, loved ones begin to turn on one another, and dark secrets long hidden threaten to come to light, revealing shocking truths.
It seems like only yesterday that Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem were wrestling a pig on a highway and making love beneath a cutout of a giant bull. Such were the joys of “Jamón, Jamón” (1992), the first of nine films on which they have collaborated. Bardem and Cruz married in 2010, and one clever ...