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Volver (2006)

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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.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writer:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 61 wins & 92 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Lago María Isabel Díaz Lago ... 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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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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Comedy | Drama

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

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According to Pedro Almodóvar, there's only one fake element in Raimunda's (Penélope Cruz) body: the bottom. He said that this kind of characters are usually big-bottomed people, and that Cruz is just too stylized. See more »

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

Irene: Don't say that, Raimunda, or I'll start crying. And ghosts don't cry.
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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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Ghosts Do not Cry
20 July 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Raimunda (Penélope Cruz), her daughter Paula (Yohana Cobo) and her sister Sole (Lola Dueñas) travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother and aunt Irene (Carmen Maura), who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula (Chus Lampreave), 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 (Blanca Portillo), who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely disturbed in the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells that she killed her unemployed father Paco (Antonio de la Torre), who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda is hiding his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula had died. On the next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hided in the truck of her car. She brings Irene to her apartment, where secrets from the past are disclosed.

"Volver" is another great movie of this awesome director Pedro Almodóvar, who explores the emotions of the characters in a mysterious and traumatic situation. It is visible that Almodóvar changed his original aggressive style to a more commercial and less anarchic one, keeping his trademark with the usual bright colors, but without the usual references to the Catholic church or homosexual and bizarre characters, maybe because he is more experienced now. Nevertheless, it is impressive how Penélope Cruz is a stunning actress when she works in her home country, and Almodóvar achieves a magnificent performance not only from her, but from this wonderful cast. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Volver"


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

EUR7,450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,000, 5 November 2006

Gross USA:

$12,899,867

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,585,177
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