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Volver (2006)

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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Regina (as Mª Isabel Díaz)
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Vecina (as Alfonsa Rosso)
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Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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26 January 2007 (USA)  »

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To Return  »

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€7,450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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(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 »

Quotes

Sole: Mom?
Irene: Hum?
Sole: There's something you want me to do, isn't?
Irene: Cut my hair.
Sole: I mean if there's something you couldn't do alive and doesn't let you rest.
Irene: There are always things undone. Or bad done. And my life has been no exception. Look, I don't know if I can fix them, but if I can, it's up to me to do it.
Sole: [after a long silence] Customers will arrive soon. What are we going to do?
Irene: We attend to them. I'll help you.
Sole: But I can't introduce you as my mother. They all know I'm an orphan.
Irene: Then I'll pretend to ...
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Soundtracks

A Good Thing
by Saint Etienne
Written by Sarah Cracknell, L. Oakley, M. Waterfield
Administered by Kobalt Music Group Worldwide Kojam
(p)2005 by Saint Etienne
Under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd
ISRC: GBAJE0501385
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VOLVER (Pedro Almodovar, 2006) ***
28 March 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is only the fourth Almodovar film I've watched, even though the local DVD rental store has practically all his work readily available! Since Luis Bunuel is my all-time favorite director, it might seem strange that I have stayed away from the most celebrated film-maker to emerge from this country in recent years but who has gradually turned himself into the Spanish Fellini (incidentally, I find the Italian maestro overrated).

Anyway, Almodovar's latest – despite having been nominated for a great number of international awards, winning several of them – is essentially a charmingly humanistic film but, perhaps, too slight to be a masterpiece. Curiously, even if his work often involves crime and assorted transgressions (mercifully toned down here), to my eyes it remains obstinately mundane. The film starts out a ghostly black comedy and, even if eventually abandoning this supernatural territory half-way through, it still satisfies overall. Penelope Cruz is certainly at the top of her game here, and she even gets to sing in one scene; Almodovar regular Carmen Maura is also quite amusing as her troubled mother.


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