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

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$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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References The Flower of My Secret (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Volver
Music by Carlos Gardel
Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera (as Alfredo La Pera)
©1961 by Warner/Chappel Music Argentina
Recorded at Sonoland, Madrid (September 2005)
Performed by Estrella Morente
Produced by Enrique Morente
Guitar by Montoyita
Claps by Bandolero, Negri and Pepe Luis Carmona
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Slow, Gratuitous, and Predictable
9 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was nothing in this film which even began to interest my intellect or emotion and I could see every "twist" coming from a mile away. I'll never understand why in stories like these the characters just don't come out with the truth and tell everyone so all can be okay, but then I guess you've got no story and no reason to make your film (which is what I felt should have been done in the first case).

Expect no action, lots of "secretive" dialogue (which anyone with a knowledge of subtext will figure out in the first five minutes), overwrought camera work, and gratuitous "I'm so beautiful but this has nothing to do with the story" shots of Penelope Cruz. Or just save yourself the time and money and don't watch it...


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