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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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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
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
Núria Moreno .... thanks

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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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Penélope Cruz became the first Spanish actress ever to be nominated for Best Lead Actress at the Oscars.See more »
Irene:Don't say that, Raimunda, or I'll start crying. And ghosts don't cry.See more »
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173 out of 252 people found the following review useful.
the town and the city, 20 March 2006
Author: jartcrouge from Madrid

EPIC COMEDY If we get to forget the delirious and delicious comedy side of the film, we find an epic story of what the second half of the past century was for so many women in Spain. Moving from the town to the city(from La Mancha to Madrid, from great patio houses full of architectural wisdom to terrific social housing apartments in the suburbs of the city), fighting against the elements(fire that burns down like love, wind that drives you crazy, water that used to fill our rivers and now is gone), having bad luck with men as the only possible fate, exercising companionship, imagination, tenderness and shrewdness as their only weapons for surviving. Keeping dignity untouched inside them.

ACTRESSES Pedro Almodovar in this film is like a top ten chef reinventing the most popular dishes of his own culture! The movie is a tasting menu of the greatest playing actresses with the best possible direction. The wild instinct of Penelope to construct a suburban animal, with strong links to Italian mommas, the touching interpretation of Blanca Portillo, simply mind blowing, the master lesson from Chus Lampreave that fills the theater with rivers of affection, the young actress Yohana Cobo that achieves success in some of the most difficult takes in the film, and Lola Dueñas that gets the plainest part and gives it a huge dimension with high level performance for comedy. And Carmen Maura, that stars the story like a Japanese terror movie star, she is like the Obi-Wan Kenobi of La Mancha.

DENSITY AND GRATITUDE So we have an epic story, great actresses, and a refined comedy that fills the spectator with gratitude, at least that is my case. I just have no defense in front of a film like this, that tells me a great story, makes me laugh, and has the highest detail density in objects colors, comments, views, gestures, references, movements and subplots. That is probably the only trouble with it, more than one view is necessary to catch it all, if possible!

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