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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.

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Pedro Almodóvar

Writer:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 61 wins & 90 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Carlos Blanco ... Emilio
María Isabel Díaz María Isabel Díaz ... Regina (as Mª Isabel Díaz)
Neus Sanz Neus Sanz ... Inés
Leandro Rivera ... Auxiliar Producción
Pepa Aniorte Pepa Aniorte ... Vecina
Yolanda Ramos ... Presentadora TV
Elvira Cuadrupani ... Vecina
María Alfonsa Rosso ... Vecina (as Alfonsa Rosso)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Return See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,783,597 (Spain), 17 March 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,703, 5 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,899,867, 24 May 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,585,147, 4 May 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

(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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Bawaddaa'k
by Hussain Aljassmi (as Husein Al Jassmi)
Produced by Rotana
Khalid Al Khaiat/Fahd Al Jassmi
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The Magic Of Compassion
7 July 2006 | by marcosaguadoSee all my reviews

I'm not going to tell you what the film is about because what was about for me it may not be for you and one of the many pleasures of the film is to find yourself there. Just let me say that after the Sahara, Vanilla Sky and Captain Corelli's Mandolin's adventures in Hollywood, I had discarded Penelope Cruz as an actress, completely. Well, "Volver" made me swallow my judgment. She is, quite simply, spectacular. A sort of Sophia Loren when Sophia worked with Vittorio De Sica. She is a mass of contradictions and not for a moment she tries to play for sympathy.Her emotion is contagious and makes us comprehend the incomprehensible. Carmen Maura makes a chilling, beautiful and unique entrance into this sublime Almodovar film based on his most scrumptious screenplay. The women stick together for each other's sake, they may even cross unspeakable boundaries for sheer compassion. The film uplifted me in a way that no other film has done in a long, long time.


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