The title of this latest and highly enjoyable comic melodrama from beloved Spanish director Pedro Almodï¿½var translates as Coming Back -- as in "back from the dead," referring to the amusingly matter-of-fact resurrection of Irene (Carmen Maura), an old grandmother who refuses to let mortality get in the way of unfinished familial business. For the filmmaker, Volver represents a return of other sorts as well: to his childhood home of La Mancha, to lighter material after Bad Education, and to All About My Mother's Penï¿½lope Cruz, who, cast here as Irene's catering daughter Raimunda, delivers her most loose-limbed and endearing performance. In fact, the film's playful ode to female resilience -- men are literally disposable here -- owes an enormous debt to the dynamic ensemble work of five gifted comediennes, all fully deserving of their special award at the Cannes Film Festival. As expected in an Almodï¿½var movie, the cinematography, flaunting every conceivable shade of red, is eye-poppingly vivido.
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Writer: Pedro Almodovar
Producer: Esther GarcÃa
Cast: PenÃ©lope Cruz, Yohana Cobo, Carmen Maura, Lola DueÃ±as, Blanca Portillo, Chus Lampreave, Pilar Castro and Antonio de la Torre