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Volver -- Three generations of women help each other through the most difficult of times with compassion and humor.


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Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)
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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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:
Agustín Almodóvar ... Empleado ferretería (uncredited)
Mila Espiga ... Vecina (uncredited)
Luis Lattanzi ... Hungry second camera assistant (uncredited)

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

Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar 
Writing credits
Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... executive producer
Esther García .... producer
Toni Novella .... line producer
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine (director of photography)
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
Mary Luz Cabrer .... assistant makeup artist (as Milu Cabrer)
Massimo Gattabrusi .... key hair stylist
Esther Gázquez .... assistant hair stylist
Ana Lozano .... makeup designer
Iñaki Maestre .... assistant makeup artist
Martha Marín .... assistant hair stylist (as Marta Marín)
Walter Mañez .... assistant hair stylist
Sara Márquez .... additional makeup artist: Almagro
Mariló Osuna .... key makeup artist
Sergio Pérez .... additional hair stylist: Almagro
Eduardo Sánchez .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Federico Rozadillas .... assistant unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rafael Carmona .... first assistant director (as Rafa Carmona)
Jacob Santana .... third assistant director (as Jacobo Santana)
Eva Sánchez .... second assistant director
Mari Franç Torres .... third assistant director
Elena Valverde .... second assistant director
Bruno Velasco .... third assistant director
Art Department
Inés Aparicio .... second assistant decorator
Gabriel del Boca .... graphic designer: Studio Gatti
Francisco Escribano .... additional props: Almagro (as Paco Escribano)
Valentín Isakov .... props
Mikel Izaguirre .... props
Alejandra Jiménez .... draftswoman
Mariona Julbe .... assistant art director
Alejandra Loiseau .... construction manager
Estefanía Malagón .... craftsman
Víctor Moñino .... graffiti
Alejandro Pavón .... property master
José M. Serrano .... assistant art director
Juan Sánchez Castro .... graphic designer: Studio Gatti (as Juan Sánchez)
Juan Ignacio Viñuales .... property master (as Juan I. Viñuales)
Zaloa Ziluaga .... assistant decorator
Fernando Zoilo .... additional props: Almagro
Sound Department
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound mixer
Manuel Corrales .... foley artist (as Manolo Corrales)
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató .... boom operator (as Jaime Fernández-Cid)
Diego Garrido .... assistant sound mixer
Diego Garrido .... sound editor
Manolo Laguna .... sound editor
Ruth Márquez .... assistant boom operator
Miguel Rejas .... sound
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Óscar Abades .... special effects
Daniel Reboul .... special effects
Tomás Urbán .... special effects
Carlos Ortega .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Juan Alonso .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Nike Alonso .... digital effects: El Ranchito (as Niké Alonso)
Aníbal del Busto .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Eduardo Díaz .... visual effects supervisor
Sergio Garcia Abad .... digital effects: El Ranchito (as Sergio García)
Javier García Plaza .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Pablo Hernández-Meléndez .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Iván López .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Inma Nadela .... digital effects: El Ranchito (as Inmaculada Nadela)
Guillermo Orbe .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Ramón Ramos .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Federico Reano .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Thorsten Rienth .... digital effects: El Ranchito
Diego García .... stunt performer (as Diego García Platero)
Ángel Plana .... stunt coordinator (as Ángel Planas)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paola Ardizzoni .... still photographer
Fernando Beltrán .... gaffer
José Manuel Cabello .... additional electrician: Almagro
Antonio de Benito .... electrician
José Ramón Delgado .... first assistant camera
Gonzalo Fernández de la Vega .... additional electrician: Almagro
Lara Isabel Gómez .... camera operator: making-of (as Lara Gómez)
Ígor Iglesias .... video assist
Francisco Izaguirre .... additional electrician: Almagro
Carlos Latorre .... additional electrician: Almagro
Luis Lattanzi .... second assistant camera
Sandra López .... camera trainee
Joaquín Manchado .... camera operator
Joaquín Manchado .... steadicam
Raúl Manchado .... additional camera
Sergio Mantecón .... additional electrician: Almagro
Carlos Miguel .... key grip (as Carlos Miguel Miguel)
José Luis Molero .... grip
Sergio Morales .... additional electrician: Almagro
Carlos P. García .... additional electrician: Almagro
Emilio Pereda .... still photographer
Juan Pompas .... electrician
Aitor Quintana .... additional electrician: Almagro
José Manuel Reboul .... electrician
Fernando Sampedro .... additional electrician: Almagro
Marcelino San Eugenio .... additional electrician: Almagro (as Marcelo San Eugenio)
Enrique Sanz .... additional electrician: Almagro
Alberto Sánchez Beltrán .... electrician (as Alberto Sánchez)
Anselmo Villalba .... additional electrician: Almagro
Diego Campos .... genny operator (uncredited)
Roberto Campos .... genny operator (uncredited)
Yolanda Cáceres .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ana Sainz-Trápaga .... extras casting: 2001 (as Ana Saenz Rapau)
Patricia Álvarez de Miranda .... extras casting: 2001
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ana Cuerda .... costume assistant
Ana López .... seamstress
Rosa López .... seamstress
Paola Torres .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Jesús Arranz .... lab technician: Technicolor
Felisa Catalinas .... negative cutter
Yolanda Cáceres .... color grader
Noemí Dulau .... assistant colorist: scanner
Noemí Dulau .... digital intermediate colorist assistant
Covadonga R. Gamboa .... producer
Giorgio Giordano .... lab technician: Technicolor
Florencia Handler .... lab technician: Technicolor
Manolo Laguna .... assistant editor
Ascen Marchena .... post-production coordinator
Marisa Mohedano .... lab technician: Technicolor
Rosa Ortiz .... assistant editor
María Jesús Sánchez .... lab technician: Technicolor (as María Jesús Sánchez-Morate)
Kathy Thomson .... digital colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Sergio Díaz .... location manager
Music Department
Dragos Alexandru .... musician: string quartet
Julie Andrews .... musician: bassoon
Chris Barrett .... assistant music recordist
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Nicholas Bucknall .... musician: clarinet
Javier Casado .... music co-producer
Javier Crespo .... musician: guitar
José Luis Crespo .... music mixer
José Luis Crespo .... music recordist
Ana Eusa .... music coordinator
Andrew Findon .... musician: saxophone
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Alberto Iglesias .... musical director
Jake Jackson .... assistant music recordist
Skaila Kanga .... musician: harp
Peter Lale .... musician: viola
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
Ara Malikian .... musician: string quartet
Julia Malkova .... musician: string quartet
Joaquín Pizarro .... assistant music mixer
Zograb Tatevosyal .... musician: string quartet (as Zograb Tatevossyan)
Rolf Wilson .... musician: violin
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Antonio Barrio .... driver: Pedro
Antonio Estrada .... driver: Penélope Cruz
Other crew
María Agüero .... product placement: Alternativa de Medios
Patricia Alcolea .... production assistant
Antonia Almodóvar .... consultant: manchego affairs
María Jesús Almodóvar .... consultant: manchego affairs
José Luis Armendáriz .... cooking advisor
Natalia Bergareche .... product placement: Alternativa de Medios
Yuyi Beringola .... continuity
Nuria Castejón .... dance advisor
Vanessa Contreras .... production assistant: Almagro
Marta De Miguel .... production assistant
Adela Donamaría .... production secretary
Verónica Díaz .... production coordinator
Mauricio Díez .... executive producer consultant
Anabela Farruggia .... production apprentice
Concha Fontenla .... production assistant
Lola García .... assistant to director
Juan Gatti .... credits
Mercedes González Barreira .... administrative assistant (as Mercedes González)
Beatriz Gordo .... cashier payer
Marina Hernando .... production apprentice (as Marina H. Molini)
Mikel Hoyos .... laborer
Germán Malagón .... production apprentice
Gustavo Merino .... additional locations
Liliana Niespial .... administrative assistant
Diego Pajuelo .... office manager
Deborah Palomo .... publicist
Bárbara Peiró .... international relations (as Bárbara Peiró Aso)
Carlota Planas .... legal counsel: Sabatellini & Associats
Federico Rozadillas .... second production assistant
Javier Ruiz .... administrative assistant
María Paz Sancho .... administrative assistant
Silvia Sancho .... assistant cashier
Esther Segura .... product placement: Alternativa de Medios
Roberto Serrano .... trailer
Rosa María Serrano .... press assistant (as Rosa Serrano)
Juan José Suárez .... laborer
Rafael Valbuena .... laborer
Óscar Valero .... financial manager
Juan Varela .... personal assistant to director
Mariano Ventura .... laborer
Arancha Yusti .... assistant accountant
Carlos Malder .... making of (uncredited)
Irene Fernández Vegas .... thanks
Núria Moreno .... thanks
Abel Navarro .... thanks: Casas de Benítez

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Also Known As:
"To Return" - USA (literal English title)
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Rated R for some sexual content and language
121 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: (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.See more »
Movie Connections:
A Good ThingSee more »


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What does the title mean?
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39 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A vision of forgiveness beyond the grave…Volver, 21 January 2007
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

I now can say I have seen a Pedro Almodóvar film in the theatre. Sure I saw five of the eight films included in ¡Viva Pedro!, but those were DVD projections, while Volver was the real thing (as evidenced by it catching fire causing the six or so of us watching to wait a bit before seeing the final twenty minutes). I will admit, while enjoying Pedro's lighter, earlier fare, it is the dramatic and dark films I really have an affinity for. Carne trémula and Hable con ella are brilliant movies that left an indelible mark on me once they concluded. Volver has moments of true emotional resonance, but there is a bit too much playfulness and an inconsistent tone that prevented it from being the masterpiece most critics are calling it, for me at least. I was captivated by the performances and the seemingly slight storyline, trying to figure out where it was going. However, a lot goes on that, while pulling a Usual Suspects twist, really is a series of McGuffins. Like that movie did for me, Volver proves that a great 180-degree flip at the end does not make a great film out of the hour and a half before it. Pedro definitely had something here, and while a very good film, just didn't quite seem to know how serious to take it.

Even if the film was utter crap, I would still have given it a good rating based on the phenomenal performance from Penélope Cruz. She has always been panned as an English- speaking actress, yet hailed as one of the best when in her native language. It's true—I have not seen a really great role from her in English, (Vanilla Sky was good, but knowing that she was in the Spanish original, I have to hold judgment until seeing Abre los ojos), and the foreign movies I've seen with her showed a more confident skilled professional. Both times seeing Cruz in her natural element were in Pedro films, but unlike Carne trémula and Todo sobre mi madre, where she played somewhat shy women, relying on her friends, here in Volver, she has an almost sexual awakening from those previous roles. One could say that this film is a vehicle for Cruz's gorgeous figure as much as the story being told. She is simply beautiful throughout, and it's that beauty and self-assuredness that makes the touching moments of poignancy that much more effective. She goes through all emotions here, and I believe if Pedro allowed the film to stay true to the dramatic elements rather than playing some serious moments as comedic, her performance would have been elevated even higher.

The supporting characters all do great work as well. Lola Dueñas is great as the sister whose secret knowledge of their mother's return from the afterlife constantly keeps her on her toes. The facial expressions are priceless when trying to keep her stories straight with her sister and hairstyle customers. With her role here and in the fantastic Mar adentro, (coincidentally directed by Alejandro Amenábar who did the aforementioned Abre los ojos), I really hope more of the hugely successful Spanish directors today utilize her immense talents. As for the ghost of a mother, Carmen Maura, Pedro's old muse, returns in front of his camera. She plays the part perfectly where you can never quite see if she is a ghost or really there. Her comedic timing is precisely on the mark each instance needed, but again I feel it could have been better used in a different film. I also must mention Chus Lampreave with her distinctive voice and delivery, shining again in a small role. Almost every Pedro film I've seen has had her involved.

My review here might seem a bit harsh, but let me say I really enjoyed the film. It is just the knowledge of what Almodóvar can do with a dramatic piece of work that makes me think of how much more the movie could have been. No one does female-driven stories of family, love, and grief better, and it is just a shame many Americans don't have a clue about him. Hopefully Pedro will never sellout and do an English language film unless it's necessary for the story; he is too good at showing the culture of his home country of Spain. I have no clue if what he displays is true Spanish culture, but the opening scenes, with the tombstone cleaning, the funeral stories, and the non-stop kissing-greetings, make me feel totally surrounded by this foreign land.

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