After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.



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Rated R for some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To Return  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$631,701 (Spain) (7 April 2006)


$12,899,702 (USA) (18 May 2007)

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One of the best scenes in the film is when Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) sings Volver by Estrella Morente. The actress trained to learn how to lip sync it. In fact it seems as if it really is her singing but it's actually Estrella Morente's voice. See more »


(at around 1h 30 mins) When Agustina is talking on the TV show about her mother's vanishing, she says that it happened "hace ya casi cuatro años" ("nearly four years ago"), yet her lips are clearly saying "hace ya casi tres años" ("nearly three years ago"). See more »


Raimunda: [to self] It smells of... farts, my mother's farts.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) See more »


by Hussain Aljassmi (as Husein Al Jassmi)
Produced by Rotana
Khalid Al Khaiat/Fahd Al Jassmi
(p)2006 Rotana
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The Magic Of Compassion
7 July 2006 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm not going to tell you what the film is about because what was about for me it may not be for you and one of the many pleasures of the film is to find yourself there. Just let me say that after the Sahara, Vanilla Sky and Captain Corelli's Mandolin's adventures in Hollywood, I had discarded Penelope Cruz as an actress, completely. Well, "Volver" made me swallow my judgment. She is, quite simply, spectacular. A sort of Sophia Loren when Sophia worked with Vittorio De Sica. She is a mass of contradictions and not for a moment she tries to play for sympathy.Her emotion is contagious and makes us comprehend the incomprehensible. Carmen Maura makes a chilling, beautiful and unique entrance into this sublime Almodovar film based on his most scrumptious screenplay. The women stick together for each other's sake, they may even cross unspeakable boundaries for sheer compassion. The film uplifted me in a way that no other film has done in a long, long time.

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