Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) and her sister Sole (Lola Duenas) are visited by the apparition of their Mother (Carmen Maura), who has returned to reconcile with her daughters and resolve an issue that has haunted the family since her death. In Pedro Almodovar's latest critically-acclaimed film, the living and deceased co-exist without discord, creating a filmic experience which is at once hilarious and yet filled with a deep, genuine emotion. VOLVER is a film about life in Almodovar's native La Mancha; a film about the way the presence of the dead continues to add richness and humanity to the lives of those they leave behind.
Chalk one up for the matriarchal society!
- Volver review by Kurtz
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Volver provides proof, if it were still needed, that the battle of the sexes has been decisively won by the girls' team.The women in this perky comedy-drama are all glamorous,resourceful and spunky, while the men are almost without exception feckless, venal and lazy and in some cases a lot worse besides. Any film made in the last twenty years that attempted to present women in such sweepingly negative terms would have been met with howls of protest.Perhaps Senor Almodovar didn't want his star turn Penelope Cruz to have to compete for the audience's sympathy with a mere male.In fact she does a great job here, and is far more appealing and less irritating in this film than she is in her Hollywood adventures.
This film has subtitles! Another triumph from Pedro Almodóvar ,Powerful and engaging, the beauty of this film is in the abundance of strong and interesting female characters. The film proves that Cruz’s personality is somehow lost in translation in a number of American films, In this film she protrudes passion and emotion in a way I thought not possible from the actress. If you’re looking for beautiful scenic romcom avoid, the sets are dull and the romance is scarce. The film when it comes down to it is really about death.