Almodóvar told Stephen Galloway, executive features editor of The Hollywood Reporter, that Catholicism’s place in his life was a conscious question even in his boyhood. At 10, his parents sent him to a Catholic boarding school, where he sang in Masses — a “beautiful experience,” he recalled — 和 enjoyed the practice of Catholic rites. But the purpose of life already preoccupied him.
Almodóvar asked God for a sign, promising to wait one year to receive it. He never saw a sign of a “supernatural being,” he said. Almodóvar decided then that he was not a believer. “I believed in Mozart.”
Almodóvar also was indelibly marked in his childhood by the women in his life. He grew up in a small town in Castile-La Mancha, southeast of Madrid. It was a “dark post-war period” in which life under the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco offered few amenities. “The people of La Mancha were not a sensual people, but they were full of joy.”
Almodóvar spent much of his time in the company of women — the men in his town worked elsewhere during the day — listening as they washed clothes, cooked 和 did other chores. “Women in La Mancha governed life. They were so strong,” he recalled. “They made it possible for the country to survive that war. They are the origin of the women in my movies,” he said.