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Release Date:
26 January 2007 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 65 wins & 62 nominations See more »
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Vivacious, Heartbreaking, Funny, Colourful & Wonderful See more (224 total) »

Cast

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Penélope Cruz ... Raimunda

Carmen Maura ... Irene

Lola Dueñas ... Sole

Blanca Portillo ... Agustina
Yohana Cobo ... Paula
Chus Lampreave ... Tía Paula

Antonio de la Torre ... Paco
Carlos Blanco ... Emilio
María Isabel Díaz ... Regina (as Mª Isabel Díaz)
Neus Sanz ... Inés
Leandro Rivera ... Auxiliar Producción
Pepa Aniorte ... Vecina
Yolanda Ramos ... Presentadora TV
Elvira Cuadrupani ... Vecina
María Alfonsa Rosso ... Vecina (as Alfonsa Rosso)
Fanny de Castro ... Vecina
Eli Iranzo ... Vecina
Carlos García Cambero ... Carlos
Magdalena Brotto ... Vecina (as Magdalena Broto)
Isabel Ayúcar ... Vecina
Concha Galán ... Vecina
Mari Franç Torres ... Vecina
Natalia Roig ... Vecina
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pilar Castro ... Ayudante de la presentadora (scenes deleted)
Mila Espiga ... Vecina
Agustín Almodóvar ... Empleado ferretería (uncredited)
Luis Lattanzi ... Hungry second camera assistant (uncredited)

Valeria Vereau ... Make-up Artist (uncredited)

Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pedro Almodóvar 

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... executive producer
Esther García .... producer
Toni Novella .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine 
 
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
 
Casting by
Luis San Narciso 
 
Production Design by
Salvador Parra 
 
Set Decoration by
Mara Matey 
 
Costume Design by
Bina Daigeler 
 
Makeup Department
Jessica Aguirre .... trainee hair stylist
Jessica Aguirre .... trainee makeup artist
Ana Caballero .... assistant makeup artist
Massimo Gattabrusi .... key hair stylist
Esther Gázquez .... assistant hair stylist
Ana Lozano .... makeup designer
Mariló Osuna .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Federico Rozadillas .... assistant unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rafael Carmona .... first assistant director
Eva Sánchez .... second assistant director
Mari Franç Torres .... third assistant director
Elena Valverde .... second assistant director
Bruno Velasco .... trainee assistant director
Jacob Santana .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alejandra Loiseau .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató .... boom operator
Ruth Márquez .... assistant boom operator
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby
Miguel Rejas .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Carlos Ortega .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Juan Alonso .... digital compositor
Aníbal del Busto .... digital compositor
Eduardo Díaz .... visual effects supervisor
Sergio Garcia Abad .... senior cgi artist
Inma Nadela .... digital compositor
Guillermo Orbe .... digital compositor
Ramón Ramos .... digital compositor
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Ángel Plana .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paola Ardizzoni .... still photographer
Diego Campos .... genny operator
Roberto Campos .... genny operator
Yolanda Cáceres .... electrician
José Ramón Delgado .... first assistant camera
Igor Iglesias .... video assist
Francisco Izaguirre .... lighting technician
Luis Lattanzi .... second assistant camera
Joaquín Manchado .... camera operator
Sergio Mantecón .... lighting technician
Emilio Pereda .... still photographer
Juan Pompas .... electrician
José Manuel Reboul .... electrician
Alberto Sánchez Beltrán .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Ana Sainz-Trápaga .... casting assistant
Patricia Álvarez de Miranda .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ana Cuerda .... key costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Noemí Dulau .... assistant colorist: scanner
Noemí Dulau .... digital intermediate colorist assistant
Kathy Thomson .... digital colorist
 
Music Department
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Bruce White .... viola
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
 
Other crew
Patricia Alcolea .... production assistant
Yuyi Beringola .... continuity
Sergio Díaz .... location manager
Verónica Díaz .... production coordinator
Anabela Farruggia .... production apprentice
Juan Gatti .... credits
Lara Isabel Gómez .... making-of cameraman
Marina Hernando .... production apprentice (as Marina H. Molini)
Carlos Marino .... making of
Liliana Niespial .... international relations assistant
Deborah Palomo .... publicist
Juan Varela .... personal assistant to director
 
Thanks
Núria Moreno .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"To Return" - USA (literal English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexual content and language
Runtime:
121 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
First movie of Pedro Almodóvar and Carmen Maura together in 18 years. Their friendship broke after shooting Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988).See more »
Quotes:
Raimunda:Are there things I should know and don't?
Sole:Oodles.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

How does it end?
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What does the title mean?
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Vivacious, Heartbreaking, Funny, Colourful & Wonderful, 14 September 2007
Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock

'Volver' starts at a cemetery where the women are cleaning the graves on a windy day. Young mother Raimunda (Cruz), who after attending her mother's grave, finds herself widowed, thanks to her daughter. Her sister, Sole (Lola Duenas) sees a ghost of her dead mother and their battling-with-cancer friend Augustina is in search of her own truth about her mother. Almodovar's colourful canvas is a wonderful portrait of women in Spain. Though it is a colourful portrait, it's dark but somewhat humorous and appealing. Almodovar tells the story in a sensible but somewhat simpler tone. There are some shocking revelations but 'Volver' does not dwell on any one particular incident. It's the story of the women.

Penelope Cruz gives one of her finest performances. It's been evident in her recent film choices (that also include 'Bandidas' that she's experimenting with different roles. As Raimunda, she speaks her mind, she's energetic, she's brave and a risk taker but at the same time she's vulnerable and is hiding a dark 'shameful' secret. Lola Duenas's Sole is a loner (but she loves her sister and niece). She's independent and satisfied with her life. The actress does nothing short of a great job. Carmen Maura is equally great as the 'ghost' bringing lots of laughter but even during Irene's own vulnerable sad moments she is outstanding. Portillo's Agustina, is a quieter lonely character who loves the sisters. The actress skillfully underplays her part and her immense talent is especially evident in the darkly humorous and somewhat sad talk-show scene. Like Almodovar's 'Todo Sobre Mi Madre', 'Volver' is about distinctive female characters and the viewer loves these women and feel involved in their stories.

Like most Almodovar's films, the soundtrack is part of the narration that adds to his slightly weird chaotic world. Similarly, Iglesias's score brings out the richness of the atmosphere created by the wonderful cinematography (thanks to excellent photography). The Spanish streets, the vivacious culture is just presented in Almodovar's unique style.

'Volver' is witty, warm, funny, colourful, disturbing, uplifting and lightly dark with a well told story and lovable characters portrayed wonderfully by the actresses.

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