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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.

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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 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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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 | Drama

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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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title translates in English as "to return." 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

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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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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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VOLVER (Pedro Almodovar, 2006) ***
28 March 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is only the fourth Almodovar film I've watched, even though the local DVD rental store has practically all his work readily available! Since Luis Bunuel is my all-time favorite director, it might seem strange that I have stayed away from the most celebrated film-maker to emerge from this country in recent years but who has gradually turned himself into the Spanish Fellini (incidentally, I find the Italian maestro overrated).

Anyway, Almodovar's latest – despite having been nominated for a great number of international awards, winning several of them – is essentially a charmingly humanistic film but, perhaps, too slight to be a masterpiece. Curiously, even if his work often involves crime and assorted transgressions (mercifully toned down here), to my eyes it remains obstinately mundane. The film starts out a ghostly black comedy and, even if eventually abandoning this supernatural territory half-way through, it still satisfies overall. Penelope Cruz is certainly at the top of her game here, and she even gets to sing in one scene; Almodovar regular Carmen Maura is also quite amusing as her troubled mother.


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